The Common Assignment Study (CAS) is a three-year effort being led by the Colorado Education Initiative and the Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The initiative was designed to address the gap between educators’ current instructional practice and the level of practice necessary to dramatically increase the number of students who master the knowledge and skills called for in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Conceptually, CAS builds on previous efforts to improve instruction through the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC). LDC’s template-task approach to supporting key instructional shifts has demonstrated utility for teachers working to enhance literacy instruction across multiple content areas. RFA serves as the evaluator for the CAS; additional technical and implementation support for the project is being provided by multiple organizations including Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning & Equity (SCALE), Westat, and the Center for Assessment.
Using Common Assignments to Strengthen Teaching and Learning: Research on the First Year of Implementation
The Common Assignment Study (CAS) is a research project designed to shed light on the progress and outcomes of the initiative. RFA’s research focuses on providing formative feedback on unit design, unit implementation, and supports…
Using Common Assignments to Strengthen Teaching and Learning: Research on the Second Year of Implementation
In this second report on implementation of the Common Assignment Study (CAS), RFA’s research focuses on providing formative feedback on unit implementation; teacher collaboration; the status of context and conditions for CAS success, including school…