Common Core State Standards

Year 1 State Report: Massachusetts

This report examines how the state of Massachusetts is approaching CCR standards implementation during a time of transition, as it develops the Next-Generation Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or the “Next-Gen MCAS,” in 2015–2016. The transition will take place in 2016–2017, with full implementation of the next-generation assessment by the spring of 2017. For the purposes of this report and in keeping with C-SAIL’s focus, we concentrate on implementation of Massachusetts’ English language arts (ELA) and math standards.

Colorado begins review of academic standards after years of avoiding Common Core controversy

Was Race to the Top Too Much of a Race?


With the Obama administration drawing to a close and the Department of Education partially retreating from 15 years of highly active, interventionist education policy, it seems an appropriate time to analyze the effects of the signature Obama education policy, Race to the Top. 

Just How Common Are the Standards in Common Core States?

The Common Core standards were motivated by a simple argument, that “high standards that are consistent across states provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life upon graduation from high school, regardless of where they live.” Thus, the adoption of the CCSS is aimed at increasing national educational equity and quality with the goal of preparing all stu

Common-Core Reading Materials Get Mixed Results in First Major Review

The Common Core Explained

Parsing Public Opinion on Policy


Testing Troubles


New Jersey Ties Graduation to Tests Aligned With Common Core Standards

As Teachers Tackle New Student-Writing Expectations, Support Is Lacking