Finding what matters.

As states grapple to implement new, rigorous standards, there is an overwhelming amount of information to be found. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or policymaker – we can help you make sense of what’s available and what’s important. Previous research on standards implementation chronicled successes and failures, but not in real-time, and not in ways that policymakers and practitioners could respond to in order to improve their systems. We hope to foster conversations through which states and districts can share ideas and strategies on standards implementation—a forum where failures as well as successes are highlighted in ways that allow participants to learn from each other, and devise concrete action steps.

Fact Center

Find fact sheets, maps, infographics, and more to stay informed about college- and career-readiness standards and their implementation across the country.

State Policies for Science and Mathematics Assessment

NORC at the University of Chicago has developed this website for annual reporting on State Science and Mathematics Assessment Policies through cooperation with the state departments of education to support the work of state policymakers, science and mathematics educators, and education researchers.

Our district, principal, and teacher surveys used for data collection in our Implementation study partner states. Includes versions for teachers of ELA, math, ELL students and SWD students.

For our Feedback on Alignment and Support for Teachers (FAST) Study, we are using teacher surveys and logs based on the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC). They measure instruction at the intersection of specific topics and levels of cognitive demand. C-SAIL revised the SEC in the fall of 2015 to include content that is more reflective of current state college- and career-readiness standards.


Learn about standards implementation directly from stakeholders across the system – teachers, principals, policymakers, and researchers.

Nelson Flores | October 25, 2017

A look at what C-SAIL partner states Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas are doing to support English language learners in college- and career-readiness preparation.

Laura Desimone, Katie Pak | October 3, 2017

A recent Gallup poll of superintendents provides insights about the challenges they face. Here, we present C-SAIL's recent survey and interview findings on district administrators' challenges implementing college- and career-readiness standards in light of the new Gallup Poll results.

Katie Pak | September 27, 2017

Jefferson County Public Schools, in C-SAIL's former partner state Kentucky, is revolutionizing professional learning communities (PLCs) by opening them up to the community-at-large once every month. Research Katie Pak examines how these "PLC Rounds" align with the policy attribute theory for successful policy implementation.