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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 have they evolved since adoption? Our studies pay special attention to examining the impacts of college- and career-readiness standards on English learners and students with disabilities.

Implementation Study

To generate a more complete picture of how states are implementing new English language arts and math standards, C-SAIL 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 analyzed National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data 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 developed new tools to assess alignment between teachers' instruction and state standards in English language arts and math.

Learn more about the Measurement Study


Feedback on Alignment and Support for Teachers (FAST) Study

To assist teachers as they implement college- and career-readiness standards in the classroom, C-SAIL developed a virtual coaching program that uses the tools from the Measurement Study to support teachers in better understanding and aligning their instruction to their state’s standards. The effectiveness of the program was tested in a randomized controlled trial.

Learn more about the Feedback on Alignment and Support for Teachers (FAST) Study


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