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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).

Andy Porter | April 19, 2016

In Andy Porter’s AERA Distinguished Contributions to Education Research Award lecture in Washington, D.C., this week he discussed the history of standards-based reform and C-SAIL’s upcoming contributions.

Morgan Polikoff | April 14, 2016

Standards-aligned materials are only useful if teachers find them and use them, says Morgan Polikoff. In this post, he describes how C-SAIL’s original intervention might be the missing link to successful reform, by bringing resources directly to the classroom door.

Andy Porter | April 8, 2016

C-SAIL director Andy Porter and IES project officer James Benson discuss the Center’s key questions and goals for the years ahead.

Andy Porter | April 4, 2016

Policies can become effective through five different characteristics. In this post, C-SAIL director Andy Porter compares the Every Student Succeeds Act to No Child Left Behind in two notable characteristics, power and authority.

Katie Pak | March 30, 2016

Now that ESSA authorizes states to be the agenda setters for their respective educational systems, Pak revisits Follett’s book on state departments of education and their role in standards implementation and capacity-building.