Standards Implementation

Top Five Challenges to Implementing College- and Career-Readiness Standards, as reported by Teachers


Teachers are the primary implementers of college- and career-readiness standards.

How the Common Core Lives: Successes and Challenges of the “New” College-and-Career Readiness Standards


Successes and Challenges of the “New” College- and Career-Ready Standards: Seven Implementation Trends

This study identifies seven major trends in how states and districts are implementing college- and career-ready standards for general education students and for two special populations often the target of education policy—English language learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities (SWDs). We draw on state-representative teacher, principal, and district surveys in three states—Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas—and case studies in nine districts.

Teacher Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Links Among Policy, Instruction, Challenges, and Resources

Using state-representative teacher surveys in three states—Texas, Ohio, and Kentucky—we examine teachers’ implementation of college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards. What do teachers report about the specificity, authority, consistency, power, and stability of their standards environment? How does their policy environment predict standards-emphasized instruction?

Overview of C-SAIL’s Year 1 and 2 Implementation Study Findings

This brief details six themes that emerged from C-SAIL's Year 1 and 2 Implementation Study survey and interview work in California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas.

How Do States Implement College-and Career-Readiness Standards? A Distributed Leadership Analysis of Standards-Based Reform

Purpose: Our primary purpose is to examine the implementation of college- and- career- readiness content standards in Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas through the lens of distributed leadership theory, and to determine the affordances and challenges of this distributed leadership through the lens of policy attribute theory. 

Implementation of Kentucky's Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Math: Insights, Innovations, and Challenges in Six Districts

This brief reports how district administrators, principals, and teachers are understanding, experiencing, and implementing the Kentucky Academic Standards in English language arts and math. C-SAIL examines how and what kinds of supports are provided to teachers of all students, including students with disabilities and English learners who take the general state assessment.