C-SAIL Blog

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

Our blog presents posts by C-SAIL researchers, Center partners, and guests colleagues to examine the impact of college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards on teaching and learning; interpret state and national policies affecting CCR standards implementation; and present resources for education practitioners, policymakers, and researchers. We pay special attention to the experience of English language learners and students with disabilities, as well as the progress of standards reform in our partner states—California, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas.

The views expressed by the C-SAIL bloggers do not represent the views of the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) or its funder, the Institute for Education Sciences (IES).

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.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • English Language Learners
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.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Standards Implementation
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.

  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Teaching and Instruction
Andy Porter | September 13, 2017

C-SAIL Director Andy Porter recaps the Center's progress over the last two years and looks forward to the year ahead.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Standards Implementation
  • Students with Disabilities
Nelson Flores | September 12, 2017

How will rescinding DACA impact college- and career-readiness across states? ELL expert Nelson Flores explains.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • English Language Learners
Morgan Polikoff, Hovanes Gasparian | August 21, 2017

Raters can code mathematics assignments quite reliably, but that they struggle to code English language arts (ELA) assignments. Morgan Polikoff details takeaways from C-SAIL's Measurement Study.

  • Teaching and Instruction
Morgan Polikoff | July 10, 2017

An update on the Measurement Study, led by Morgan Polikoff, as C-SAIL enters Year 3 of our work. Polikoff offers inital findings.

  • Teaching and Instruction
Adam Edgerton | June 8, 2017

Troubling news from North Carolina claims the adoption of Common Core worsened the achievement gap between Black and White students. But C-SAIL's Adam Edgerton isn't convinced.

  • Common Core State Standards
Emily Hodge, Serena Salloum, Susanna Benko | May 18, 2017

The consistency between the Common Core and other college- and career-readiness standards enables high-quality shared resources between states. But are states taking advantage of the potential to share curricula, professional development, and assessments?

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Common Core State Standards
Laura Desimone | May 1, 2017

Do teachers of different grades, subjects, and types of students view their state policies differently? In this post, Laura Desimone discusses how teachers in C-SAIL's partner states differ in their view of the policy environment by analyzing responses to our district surveys.

  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Teaching and Instruction

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