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).

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
Morgan Polikoff | July 10, 2017

An update on the Measurement Study, led by Morgan Polikoff, as C-SAIL enters Year 3 of our work. Polikoff offers inital findings.

  • Teaching and Instruction
Adam Edgerton | June 8, 2017

Troubling news from North Carolina claims the adoption of Common Core worsened the achievement gap between Black and White students. But C-SAIL's Adam Edgerton isn't convinced.

  • Common Core State Standards
Emily Hodge, Serena Salloum, Susanna Benko | May 18, 2017

The consistency between the Common Core and other college- and career-readiness standards enables high-quality shared resources between states. But are states taking advantage of the potential to share curricula, professional development, and assessments?

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Common Core State Standards
Laura Desimone | May 1, 2017

Do teachers of different grades, subjects, and types of students view their state policies differently? In this post, Laura Desimone discusses how teachers in C-SAIL's partner states differ in their view of the policy environment by analyzing responses to our district surveys.

  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Teaching and Instruction
Katie Pak, Adam Edgerton | April 5, 2017

C-SAIL researchers Katie Pak and Adam Edgerton take a close look at our newest maps, alternative scoring scales, and what's ahead for our map project.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Standards Implementation
Morgan Polikoff | March 27, 2017

Morgan Polikoff weighs in on California's pilot accountability dashboard which, he says, "has some value," but he still "has concerns."

  • Accountability
Adam Edgerton | February 27, 2017

Does nostalgia, or a policy environment's shared emotion toward education, influence implementation? How can we measure nostalgia to inform implementation? C-SAIL's Adam Edgerton weighs-in on the importance of understanding local context.

  • Policy
  • Standards Implementation
Laura Desimone | February 22, 2017

C-SAIL co-director Laura Desimone discusses how district leaders, principals, and teachers in Texas and Ohio differ in their perceptions of their states' policy environments.

  • College- and Career-Readiness
  • Policy Attributes Theory
  • Standards Implementation
Katie Pak | February 13, 2017

Highlights from C-SAIL's November 18 conference on state standards implementation with key administrators in our partner states California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas. Our panelists discussed their states' unique contexts, innovations, implementation challenges, upcoming initiatives, and advice for other states.

  • Standards Implementation

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