Interactive maps provide rich picture of standards implementation and student testing across states

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Philadelphia, Pa. (June 16, 2016) – The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) launches an interactive map series this week which illustrates college- and career-readiness standards implementation, assessment alignment, and statewide exams across fifty states and the District of Columbia. Each map provides detailed state-verified data and allows users to compare up to three states at once. Subsequent maps will detail state accountability and educator effectiveness policies, as well as changes in state education policies over time.

C-SAIL, led by education policy and assessment expert Dr. Andy Porter of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, with funding from the Institute for Education Sciences, examines how college- and career-ready standards are implemented, if they improve student learning, and what instructional tools measure and support their implementation. 

“Our interactive maps provide the most accurate and up-to-date information on current state standards and assessment policies and practices,” says Porter.

View C-SAIL’s maps here.

Three maps are available now highlighting notable features of each state’s progress in implementing college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards, including the Common Core State Standards:

  1. The first year CCR standards were expected to be fully implemented across the state
  2. The first year assessments for grades 3-8 were expected to be fully aligned to CCR standards
  3. The statewide assessment used for grades 3-8 during the 2015-16 school year

Each map also offers the following detailed data for every state, allowing users to compare up to three states side-by-side:

  • The year CCR standards were adopted
  • The year the implementation of CCR standards started (by subject & grade)
  • The first year CCR were expected to be fully implemented across the state (by subject & grade)
  • The year transitioning to assessments aligned to CCR standards for grades 3-8 assessments began (by subject & grade)
  • The first year state assessments for grades 3-8 were expected to be fully aligned to CCR standards (by subject & grade)
  • The statewide assessment used for grades 3-8 during the 2015-16 school year 

To learn more about C-SAIL’s map series or to speak with Dr. Andy Porter, please contact Jackie Kerstetter at gse-csail@gse.upenn.edu or (814) 440-2299.

About C-SAIL

The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) examines how college- and career-ready standards are implemented, if they improve student learning, and what instructional tools measure and support their implementation. C-SAIL is led by Andy Porter, with a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, American Institutes for Research, and Vanderbilt University. The Center is funded through a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit c-sail.org for more information and to read the C-SAIL blog.

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