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Best Evidence Encyclopedia

The Best Evidence Encyclopedia is a free web site created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE) under funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. It is intended to give educators and researchers fair and useful information about the strength of the evidence supporting a variety of programs available for students in grades K-12.

Center for Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL)

C-SAIL was established in July 2015 to serve as an objective resource on the implementation and effects of the full breadth of college- and career-readiness standards. The Center is funded through a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Over the next five years, C-SAIL will:

  • Compare and contrast college- and career-readiness standardsimplementation in English language arts (ELA) and math across different states.
  • Capture thedifferences in approaches to implementation between states, districts, schools, and classrooms, and between students within a classroom, and determine their effects. 
  • Measure college- and career-readiness standards’impact on student achievement, through NAEP scores, high school graduation rates, and college enrollment and employment rates. 
  • Create and make availablenew tools for teachers to monitor in real-time how well-aligned the content of their enacted curriculum is to their states’ college- and career-readiness standards in ELA and math.
  • Test theFeedback on Alignment and Support for Teachers (FAST) Program to support teachers through feedback and coaching.
  • Engage policymakers, education practitioners, and researchers in national discussions of the Center’s work and its findings.
National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)

The National Council on Teacher Quality works to achieve fundamental changes in the policy and practices of teacher preparation programs, school districts, state governments, and teachers unions.

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