C-SAIL Blog

Learn about standards implementation directly from stakeholders across the system – teachers, principals, policymakers, and researchers.

Our blog presents posts by C-SAIL researchers, Center partners, and guest colleagues to examine the impact of college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards on teaching and learning; interpret state and national policies affecting CCR standards implementation; and present resources for education practitioners, policymakers, and researchers. We pay special attention to the experience of English language learners and students with disabilities, as well as the progress of standards reform in our partner states—California, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas.

The views expressed by the C-SAIL bloggers do not represent the views of the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) or its funder, the Institute for Education Sciences (IES).

Lynn Fuchs, Doug Fuchs | February 15, 2018

C-SAIL's experts on students with disabilities (SWD), Lynn and Doug Fuchs, share key findings on supporting SWD in meeting CCR standards from our first-wave surveys in Texas and Ohio.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Standards Implementation
  • Students with Disabilities
Morgan Polikoff | February 1, 2018

Morgan Polikoff responds to an Education Week column titled "What the standards-based movement got wrong" with his own analysis, and why he still supports standards-based reform.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Standards Implementation
Katie Pak | January 2, 2018

As Philadelphia prepares to shift to local control, Katie Pak examines how local control has influenced school quality and student learning in C-SAIL districts.

  • Accountability
Rick Hess, Adam Edgerton | December 7, 2017

As states explore new approaches to school accountability, C-SAIL has interviewed dozens of state officials and found a popular new mantra in state departments of education: Accountability should now be "supportive, not punitive."

  • Accountability
Nelson Flores | October 25, 2017

A look at what C-SAIL partner states Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas are doing to support English language learners in college- and career-readiness preparation.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • English Language Learners
Laura Desimone, Katie Pak | October 3, 2017

A recent Gallup poll of superintendents provides insights about the challenges they face. Here, we present C-SAIL's recent survey and interview findings on district administrators' challenges implementing college- and career-readiness standards in light of the new Gallup Poll results.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Standards Implementation
Katie Pak | September 27, 2017

Jefferson County Public Schools, in C-SAIL's former partner state Kentucky, is revolutionizing professional learning communities (PLCs) by opening them up to the community-at-large once every month. Research Katie Pak examines how these "PLC Rounds" align with the policy attribute theory for successful policy implementation.

  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Teaching and Instruction
Andy Porter | September 13, 2017

C-SAIL Director Andy Porter recaps the Center's progress over the last two years and looks forward to the year ahead.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Standards Implementation
  • Students with Disabilities
Nelson Flores | September 12, 2017

How will rescinding DACA impact college- and career-readiness across states? ELL expert Nelson Flores explains.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • English Language Learners
Morgan Polikoff, Hovanes Gasparian | August 21, 2017

Raters can code mathematics assignments quite reliably, but that they struggle to code English language arts (ELA) assignments. Morgan Polikoff details takeaways from C-SAIL's Measurement Study.

  • Teaching and Instruction

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