The “Supporting Language Learners with Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts” module has four objectives: (1) situate the support of language learners within Wisconsin’s education initiatives; (2) review the different types of language learners; (3) gain familiarity with research on instructional needs of language learners; and (4) integrate research on language learners with standards-based instruction and assessment.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of integrating thinking, feeling, and behaving in order to become aware of the self and of others, make responsible decisions, and manage one’s own behaviors and those of others. This resource describes the objectives and theoretical underpinnings of SEL, highlights research findings demonstrating the evidence supporting SEL programming, and advocates for comprehensive and systematic implementation of SEL programming in schools. This chapter illustrates how SEL programming in schools results in significant shifts in students’ social, emotional, and academic competencies as well as improvements in the quality of learning environments.
This resource appears as a chapter in the International Handbook of Emotions in Education and is also available through the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
CSAI has developed two resources to support educators interested in deepening their knowledge of assessment design and assessment literacy. These two resources, specific to English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, are designed to enhance educators’ ability to recognize and create high-quality assessment items. Because the content contained in the resources sequentially build, educators using the guides are strongly advised to read from beginning to end. The first part of the guide provides readers with foundational information about item development. The second half of the guide offers opportunities to apply learning through the study of detailed exemplars, organized by grade level.
English Language Arts (ELA) Item Writing Guide and Item Exemplars
Mathematics Item Writing Guide and Item Exemplars
This resource guides teachers in the process of instructional planning for close reading with students. It is one in a series produced by the Center for Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI). The series’ goal is to assist teachers and those who support teachers to plan teaching and learning for diverse learners from College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS).
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), includes new provisions that are designed to support ELs’ participation in statewide testing. To facilitate testing of ELs and to support their testing participation, ESSA includes stipulations for states to administer content assessments in languages other than English. ESSA also requires states to make efforts to develop state content assessments in languages that are present to a significant extent in their student population. As with federally required state content assessments, any assessment developed in a language other than English must meet federal requirements for technical quality and peer review.
This resource provides an overview of the different state content and language assessment requirements for states to consider and is designed to be shared with state department of education staff and can be used as part of training materials for district and school staff who assess English learners.
CSAI presented at the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Standards, Assessments, and Accountability System Negotiated Rulemaking Committee meeting on state requirements related to English Learners under the Every Student Succeeds Act. In the presentation, CSAI shared federal policy requirements, state implementation examples, and considerations for how the Committee may approach their own decision-making. The meeting was held in Arlington, Virginia on December 4-6, 2018.