Implementation Study

The Experience of Students with Disabilities: C-SAIL’s First-Wave Survey Findings


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 The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that all students with disabilities (SWD) receive a free, appropriate public education designed to meet their unique needs to prepare them for post-school education and employment. In the past 20 years, momentum has grown for a supplementary idea: that schools be held accountable for SWD achieving grade-level standards.

The Elusive Goldilocks Model of School Reform

I wrote the other day about the problem with making too much out of the paper promises in state ESSA plans. After all, what really matters is how assessments, accountability systems, interventions, and the rest will actually work—and there's often no way to really know this until rubber meets road.

What are states doing to support ELLs in becoming college- and career-ready?

C-SAIL’s partner states offer a range of contexts for understanding the implementation of college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards for English language learners (ELLs). Two of our partner states, Kentucky* and Ohio, have historically had few ELLs, though both have experienced a doubling of their numbers within the past 10 years. One of our partner states, Massachusetts, has a moderate and growing ELL population. Two of our partner states, California and Texas, have long histories of working with ELLs.

Teacher Implementation of College and Career-Ready Standards: Challenges & Resources

Roughly seven years have passed since the majority of states adopted college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards. Some states adopted the Common Core State Standards while others adopted their own versions of CCR standards.

The Challenges District Administrators Face: A comparison of C-SAIL and Gallup Poll findings

A recent Gallup poll of superintendents provides insights about the challenges they face—namely improving the academic performance of underprepared students, the effects of poverty on student learning, and resource constraints. C-SAIL’s ongoing work in our partner states as part of our Implementation study takes a similar but focused look at the challenges district administrators face as they grapple with implementing college- and career-readiness standards. Here we present survey and interview findings in light of the new Gallup Poll results.

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