C-SAIL Blog

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

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).

Katie Pak, Adam Edgerton | April 5, 2017

C-SAIL researchers Katie Pak and Adam Edgerton take a close look at our newest maps, alternative scoring scales, and what's ahead for our map project.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Standards Implementation
Morgan Polikoff | March 27, 2017

Morgan Polikoff weighs in on California's pilot accountability dashboard which, he says, "has some value," but he still "has concerns."

  • Accountability
Adam Edgerton | February 27, 2017

Does nostalgia, or a policy environment's shared emotion toward education, influence implementation? How can we measure nostalgia to inform implementation? C-SAIL's Adam Edgerton weighs-in on the importance of understanding local context.

  • Policy
  • Standards Implementation
Laura Desimone | February 22, 2017

C-SAIL co-director Laura Desimone discusses how district leaders, principals, and teachers in Texas and Ohio differ in their perceptions of their states' policy environments.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Standards Implementation
Katie Pak | February 13, 2017

Highlights from C-SAIL's November 18 conference on state standards implementation with key administrators in our partner states California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas. Our panelists discussed their states' unique contexts, innovations, implementation challenges, upcoming initiatives, and advice for other states.

  • Standards Implementation
Guest Blogger: Rolf Blank | February 9, 2017

A new online reporting tool, developed in part using C-SAIL's research on state assessments, provides state and local education leaders with up-to-date details on state STEM assessment policies.

  • Testing
Morgan Polikoff | January 31, 2017

There is a high demand for rapid evidence about policy effects, and the early evidence often contributes overwhelmingly to shaping the narrative about whether policies are working or not. But are we rushing the research? asks Morgan Polikoff.

  • Policy
Morgan Polikoff | January 3, 2017

For the past dozen years the primary metric for measuring school performance in most states has been the proficiency rate. But a new regulation from the Department of Education allowing performance indexes go a long way toward improving the design of accountability policy and reducing unintended consequences, says Morgan Polikoff.

  • Accountability
Adam Edgerton | November 10, 2016

With the Obama administration drawing to a close and the Department of Education partially retreating from 15 years of highly active, interventionist education policy, Adam Edgerton analyzes the effects of the signature Obama education policy, Race to the Top.

  • Accountability
  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Policy
  • Standards Implementation
Shira Korn, Martin Gamboa, Morgan Polikoff | November 3, 2016

Not all Common Core states are created equal say researchers after comparing the text of Common Core standards in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Common Core State Standards

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