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Using Common Assignments to Strengthen Teaching and Learning

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…

Examining the Implementation, Scale Up, and Sustainability of Teacher-Developed Formative Assessment Tools Aligned to the CCSS: A National Study

For the past several years, RFA has conducted a national, multi-site examination of the implementation and effectiveness of teacher-developed formative assessment tools aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Funded by the Bill and…

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…

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…

Enacting Common Core Instruction: A Comparative Study of the Use of LDC Literacy Tools in Three Sites

As of the writing of this report, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Approaches to implementing the standards, however, are highly varied. For the…

Enacting Common Core Instruction: How Intermediate Unit 13 Leveraged its Position as an Educational Service Agency to Implement and Scale the LDC Initiative

Following three years of extensive data collection in LDC study sites throughout the country, Research for Action (RFA) has produced three case studies to illustrate how the LDC and MDC tools have been adopted in…

Scale-Up and Sustainability Study of the LDC and MDC Initiatives

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the development and dissemination of high-quality instructional and formative assessment tools to support teachers' incorporation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their classroom instruction.…

Enacting Common Core Instruction: Strong Central Management and Strategic Delegation of Responsibility Drove Implementation of LDC in Florida’s Hillsborough County Public Schools

Following two years of extensive data collection in eight sites throughout the country, Research for Action (RFA) is producing three case studies to illustrate how the LDC and MDC tools have been adopted in different…

Lessons From Inside the Classroom: Teachers’ Perspectives on the LDC Initiative

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the development and dissemination of instructional tools to support teachers' incorporation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their classroom instruction. Literacy experts have developed…

Lessons from Inside the Classroom: Teachers’ Perspectives on the MDC Initiative

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the development and dissemination of instructional tools to support teachers' incorporation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their classroom instruction. Math experts from the…

Enacting Common Core Instruction: How School District Leadership Drove Implementation of LDC and MDC in Kenton County, KY

Following two years of extensive data collection in eight sites throughout the country, Research for Action (RFA) is producing four case studies to illustrate how the LDC and MDC tools have been adopted in different…

Brief Four: Conditions for Scale and Sustainability

The transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represents an unprecedented opportunity to transform educational practice. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the development and dissemination of high quality instructional and…

Brief One: LDC and MDC Theory of Action and the Landscape of Implementation

To support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invested in the development and dissemination of two tools aimed at operationalizing classroom instruction based on the standards:…

Brief Three: Robust Implementation of MDC: Teacher Perceptions of Tool Use and Outcomes

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the development and dissemination of high-quality instructional and formative assessment tools to support teachers' incorporation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their classroom instruction.…

Brief Two: Robust Implementation of LDC: Teacher Perceptions of Tool Use and Outcomes

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the development and dissemination of high-quality instructional and formative assessment tools to support teachers' incorporation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their classroom instruction.…

A View from the Inside: Teachers’ Perceptions and Use of the LDC Framework

As part of our multi-year evaluation for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of literacy teaching tools aligned to the CCSS, this booklet is a synthesis of what we learned from practitioners over the course…

A View from the Inside: Teachers’ Perceptions of the MDC Initiative and their Use of the Formative Assessment Lessons

As part of our multi-year evaluation for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of mathematics teaching tools aligned to the CCSS, this booklet is a synthesis of what we learned from practitioners over the course…

Establishing a Strong Foundation: Classroom Implementation of the LDC and MDC Frameworks Executive Summary

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the development and dissemination of high quality instructional and formative assessment tools to support teachers' incorporation of the Core Common State Standards (CCSS) into their classroom…

Establishing a Strong Foundation: District and School Supports for Classroom Implementation of the LDC Framework

In 2010-11, the LDC framework was piloted in six districts, a teacher network, and a network of schools. In most cases, school districts applied for and received grants to implement LDC; in others, regional intermediaries…

Establishing a Strong Foundation: District and School Supports for Classroom Implementation of the MDC Framework

In 2010-11, the Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) was piloted in four districts and two networks of schools. In most cases, school districts applied for and received grants to implement MDC; in others, national networks were…

CCSS Literacy and Math Tools: An Interim Report on Implementation and Sustainability during the Pilot Year

This document summarizes the findings from the initial round of research on the development and piloting of two types of instructional tools designed to support teachers' integration of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in…