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Standards Implementation

States finding success, challenges implementing college- and career-readiness standards, reports find

Philadelphia, Pa. (January 31, 2017) – The Common Core and other college- and career-readiness standards have dominated education policy debates for almost a decade. But less attention is paid to how those standards are put into practice. The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) is releasing the first detailed picture of implementation in four states: Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas. These reports track states taking different approaches to standard reform, and begin to identify successes and challenges from which other states can learn.

Year 1 State Report: Texas

This report examines how the state of Texas is approaching CCR standards implementation during a time of transition. The state has recently implemented revisions to the math standards and is currently revising the English language arts (ELA) standards. The revised ELA standards are expected to be ready for full implementation in the 2018–2019 school year. For the purposes of this report and in keeping with C-SAIL’s focus, we concentrate on implementation of Texas’s ELA and math standards.

Year 1 State Report: Ohio

This report examines how the state of Ohio is approaching CCR standards implementation during a time of transition, as they revised the Ohio Learning Standards in 2015–2016. The approval process will take place in 2016–2017, with new materials and revised standards ready for the 2017–2018 school year. For the purposes of this report and in keeping with C-SAIL’s focus, we concentrate on implementation of Ohio’s English language arts (ELA) and math 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.

Year 1 State Report: Kentucky

This report examines how the state of Kentucky is continuing CCR standards implementation during a time of transition. As their state legislature mandates a review of the standards and accountability system every six years, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is in the midst of drafting potential revisions for public review and official implementation by summer 2017. For the purposes of this report and in keeping with C-SAIL’s focus, we concentrate on implementation of Kentucky’s English language arts (ELA) and math standards.

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