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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 | August 15, 2016

Stories of standardized testing snafus are becoming increasingly common. It's crucial that education leaders turn the trend around.

  • Accountability
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Testing
Nelson Flores | August 4, 2016

ESSA improves upon challenges English language learners faced under NCLB, but is it enough?

  • Accountability
  • English Language Learners
Katie Pak | August 1, 2016

New education reforms in India can teach the United States lessons in stakeholder engagement, national standards, and aligned assessments. Researcher Katie Pak reports from India.

  • Policy
  • Standards Implementation
  • Testing
Morgan Polikoff | July 26, 2016

Dear U.S. Department of Education, Morgan Polikoff has a recommendation for a better way to measure school performance.

  • Accountability
  • Policy
  • Policy Attributes Theory
Nelson Flores | July 18, 2016

By failing to prioritize bilingualism in college- and career-readiness standards, U.S. education policy is missing a crucial element in preparing students to be global citizens.

  • English Language Learners
Katie Pak | July 5, 2016

Our interactive maps incorporate high quality data from multiple sources, fill in knowledge gaps, and use state-verified data to culminate in the most comprehensive, well-researched, and current tool documenting college- and career-readiness standards implementation across 50 states.

Morgan Polikoff | June 28, 2016

If standards reform is all about alignment, why is alignment so difficult to achieve?

Katie Pak | June 22, 2016

Standardized tests can be helpful instruments if implemented in the right ways, in reasonable dosages, for the right end goals. But recent reforms have caused unintended consequences that cost students, teachers, and school districts.

  • Testing
Andy Porter | June 16, 2016

Why have two decades of standards reform been mostly inconsequential, and how does C-SAIL propose to change that?

Laura Desimone | June 9, 2016

What gives a policy power and what role does power play in standards-based reform? Laura Desimone discusses a second attribute of the policy attributes theory which guides C-SAIL's research.

  • Accountability