Carefully designed research. Timely, objective information. The goal? Informing policy and practice about standards.

We are conducting four unique studies to develop a comprehensive look at the new college- and career-readiness standards. How are states implementing them? What is their impact on student learning? How will they evolve between now and 2020? Our studies pay special attention to examining the impacts of college- and career-readiness standards on English Language Learners and students with disabilities. For more information our work, read C-SAIL's condensed proposal.

Implementation Study

To generate a more complete picture of how states are implementing new English language arts and math standards, C-SAIL has partnered with five states—California, Kentucky*, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas—to compare and contrast their approaches to implementation.

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Longitudinal Outcomes Study

To estimate the effects of states' adoption and implementation of college- and career-readiness standards and aligned assessments on student outcomes, C-SAIL is analyzing National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data, high school graduation rates, and college enrollment rates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Measurement Study

To determine the extent to which instruction aligns with college- and career-readiness standards, C-SAIL is developing new tools to assess alignment between teachers' instruction and state standards in English language arts and math.

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Feedback on Alignment and Support for Teachers (FAST) Program Study

To assist teachers as they implement college- and career-readiness standards in the classroom, C-SAIL is developing a program that uses the tools from the Measurement Study to provide feedback to teachers on the alignment of their instruction to their state standards and offers instructional support for improving their alignment. The effectiveness of the program will be tested in a randomized controlled trial.

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*Kentucky was a partner state during Years 1 and 2 of the study (July 2015 though August 2017).