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).

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
Laura Desimone | October 31, 2016

Laura Desimone gives a sneak peak of Year 1 Implementation Study findings from Massachusetts and Ohio.

  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Standards Implementation
Nelson Flores | October 10, 2016

Eighteen years after California voters passed Proposition 227, "The English in Public Schools Statue," voters have the opportunity to turn around one of its major provisions that creates barriers to bilingual education.

  • English Language Learners
  • Policy
Morgan Polikoff | September 12, 2016

It's education policy poll season, revealing the tide of public opinion on national and state K-12 issues and raising questions about how policymakers will respond.

  • Common Core State Standards
  • Policy
  • Testing

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