Press Releases

June 6, 2017

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core state standards, while the other remaining eight states are implementing their own new challenging standards for college- and career-readiness. But carefully crafted standards matter little if they do not change how teachers teach. In its latest series of reports, the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) uses new state-representative teacher, principal, and district survey data to understand how college- and career-readiness standards are impacting classroom instruction, what implementation challenges schools face, and which resources educators find most useful in supporting use of the standards.

March 29, 2017

C-SAIL's second map series allows users to compare state policy features that are likely to make college- and career-readiness standards implementation successful.

February 1, 2017

The Common Core and other college- and career-readiness standards have dominated education policy debates for almost a decade. But less attention is paid to how those standards are put into practice. C-SAIL releases the first detailed picture of implementation in four states: Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas. These reports track states taking different approaches to standards reform, and begin to identify successes and challenges from which other states can learn.

June 16, 2016

C-SAIL launches its interactive map series, illustrating college- and career-readiness standards implementation, assessment alignment, and statewide exams across fifty states and the District of Columbia.

October 30, 2015

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, C-SAIL director Andy Porter writes that the focus of education reform should be implementing more rigorous content, not standardized testing.

June 17, 2015

“C-SAIL situates Penn GSE and the University of Pennsylvania at the frontline of research into one of the nation’s most vital but fraught educational policy issues,” said Penn GSE dean Pam Grossman.