Evidence-Based Research

by experts on college & career ready standards

About the Center

The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) examines how college- and career-readiness standards are implemented, if they improve student learning, and what instructional tools measure and support their implementation.

Our Center’s work is designed to learn from past successes and failures of standards-based reform.

There is considerable evidence that standards-based reform can improve instruction, academic rigor, and student learning, if successfully implemented. Through our four-study research program, we will provide real-time, objective evidence of standards reform across the country, highlighting useful insights and findings, and sharing them here for policymakers, teachers, and parents.


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Fact Center

Learn what states are doing to prepare students for college and careers, including the Common Core standards and other state-driven initiatives.


Hear from education researchers, policymakers, and practitioners as they explore standards implementation in diverse contexts.


Find evidence-based research by experts on topics related to college- and career-readiness standards, including assessment, equity, professional development, and more.

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