Implementation Study

How do educators perceive policies in their state?

As part of our C-SAIL work, we are analyzing surveys from state-representative samples of districts, and principals and teachers within those districts. Here I will discuss select findings for Texas and Ohio. We asked district leaders, principals and teachers to assess their policy environment based on the five following policy attributes: (1) consistency, (2) specificity, (3) authority, (4) power, and (5) stability.

Standards Implementation: Partners' Perspectives

On November 18th, 2016, key administrators from the state departments of education in California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas convened for “A Conversation on College- and Career-Readiness Standards” hosted by C-SAIL in Washington, D.C. Also in attendance were professional organizations representing teachers, principals, superintendents, and policymakers across the country.

States finding success, challenges implementing college- and career-readiness standards, reports find

Philadelphia, Pa. (January 31, 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. The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) is releasing the first detailed picture of implementation in four states: Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas. These reports track states taking different approaches to standard reform, and begin to identify successes and challenges from which other states can learn.

Implementation Findings: Authority in Massachusetts and Ohio


We have begun to analyze our interview and survey data from 2015-2016. Here I highlight key findings from our teacher, principal and district surveys, as well as our state and district interviews, beginning with the role of authority in Massachusetts and Ohio.

Policies gain authority through: