Maintaining Anonymity on C-SAIL's Surveys

The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) is a federally funded research and development center charged with addressing some of the most pressing questions about standards-based reform. Your participation is important and appreciated, but you do have the right to skip any question that you do not wish to answer. Below are answers to some general questions concerning your participation.

What is the purpose of this survey?

The purpose of this survey is to provide a detailed picture of the supports for college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards implementation and progress toward implementation in four participating states. Specifically, the survey will examine how educators across your state are understanding and interpreting the standard, assess the nature and quality of support and guidance at the state, district, and school levels, and measure whether and how teachers report they are changing their practices. The information collected through this survey will be useful to states and districts and will enable C-SAIL to identify what facilitates high-quality standards implementation and what barriers exist to high-quality implementation of CCR standards.

Who is conducting this survey?

With funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, The Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn GSE) and its partner, American Institutes for Research (AIR), are conducting this survey.

Why should you participate in this survey?

Policymakers at the district, state, and federal levels rely on findings from studies like these to inform their understanding of the implementation successes and challenges related to standards-based reform.

Will your responses be kept confidential?

Your responses are protected from disclosure by federal statute (P.L. 107-279, Title I, Part E, Sec.183). All responses that relate to or describe identifiable characteristics of individuals may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purposes, unless otherwise compelled by law.

How will your information be reported?

Annual reports will be designed for a broader national audience looking to learn from the work being done in your state. Findings from your state and the three other participating states will be shared through webinars, policy briefs, conference presentations, and peer-reviewed journal articles. The information you provide will be combined with the information provided by others in analytical reports. No individual data that link your name or email address with your responses will be included in the analytical reports. While the states will be identified in the reports, districts will not.

Is it possible to withdraw participation?

Participation is voluntary; therefore, refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled, and you may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions about the survey or C-SAIL, please contact Seth Brown.
Email: sbrown@air.org | Phone: 202-403-5959

If you have concerns or questions about your rights as a participant, contact the Chair of AIR’s Institutional Review Board (which is responsible for the protection of project participants).
Email: IRBChair@air.org | Phone: 1-800-634-0797