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 | September 7, 2016

Although the U.S. employs more reading specialists than other countries, kids report very low levels of reading enjoyment. How can we better engage students?

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Student Learning
  • Teaching and Instruction
Nelson Flores | August 31, 2016

What do the major party platforms have to say about the education of English language learners?

  • English Language Learners
  • Policy
Andy Porter | August 25, 2016

Are teachers more likely to teach, and therefore students more likely to learn, what is tested than what is intended by the state content standards? Probably. But there's more to the story.

  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Standards Implementation
  • Student Learning
  • Teaching and Instruction
Morgan Polikoff | August 15, 2016

Stories of standardized testing snafus are becoming increasingly common. It's crucial that education leaders turn the trend around.

  • Accountability
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Testing
Nelson Flores | August 4, 2016

ESSA improves upon challenges English language learners faced under NCLB, but is it enough?

  • Accountability
  • English Language Learners
Katie Pak | August 1, 2016

New education reforms in India can teach the United States lessons in stakeholder engagement, national standards, and aligned assessments. Researcher Katie Pak reports from India.

  • Policy
  • Standards Implementation
  • Testing
Morgan Polikoff | July 26, 2016

Dear U.S. Department of Education, Morgan Polikoff has a recommendation for a better way to measure school performance.

  • Accountability
  • Policy
  • Policy Attributes Theory
Nelson Flores | July 18, 2016

By failing to prioritize bilingualism in college- and career-readiness standards, U.S. education policy is missing a crucial element in preparing students to be global citizens.

  • English Language Learners
Katie Pak | July 5, 2016

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Morgan Polikoff | June 28, 2016

If standards reform is all about alignment, why is alignment so difficult to achieve?

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