Aligning Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment to Implement College- and Career-Ready Standards

We work with educators to improve the quality of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to help ensure students graduate ready for college or a career. Our expertise in this area includes building teachers’ content and pedagogical knowledge, developing professional collaboration and job-embedded learning, and aligning instruction, curriculum, and assessment to standards.

Success Story

“The third-grade team engages in ongoing data analysis of teacher instruction and student performance to determine student learning goals. These learning goals are revisited and revised based on student performance, and interventions for student learning are put in place accordingly.” — Shirnetha Stinson, Clinton Elementary Assistant Principal and Instructional Facilitator

High-Flying Leaders and Teachers

Clinton Elementary, South Carolina
SEDL’s 2-year partnership to implement professional learning teams in Lancaster County School District, South Carolina, paid off for Clinton Elementary. English-language arts and math scores are up, and the school’s third-grade team received an award for excellence. Read more

See a video of Clinton Elementary using SEDL's Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle.

Significant Work

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC): The SECC provides professional development and technical assistance to the state education agencies of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina to build their capacity to support districts and schools engaged in improvement efforts, including support for high-quality teachers and instruction. Work varies by state.

Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC): The TXCC provides professional development and technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency and the state’s 20 regional education service centers to build their capacity to support districts and schools engaged in improvement efforts, including support for high-quality teachers and instruction.

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest: The REL Southwest assists the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas in using data and research evidence to address high-priority education needs in the region. The project addresses the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment through its eight research alliances. 

Center for High-Performing Schools: Through the Center for High-Performing Schools, SEDL builds the capacity of district and school leaders and educators to improve teaching and align curriculum, instruction, and assessment to national and state standards.

  • Fort Worth Independent School District: In Texas, SEDL has been providing training and support for the implementation of professional learning communities in Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). Center staff provided ongoing training for district network leaders, network specialists, principals, teacher leaders and curriculum staff in using PLCs as a continuous improvement approach. Staff have also provided training and coaching at 12 schools in FWISD to support the implementation of PLCs at these schools.

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Resources

Image of publication cover SEDL Insights, Vol. 2, No. 3: Implementing Effective Professional Learning Communities
“Professional learning communities,” the name given to teachers’ collaborative professional learning—or PLCs, as they are often called—has become so overused that we often don’t think about the term’s meaning. Only when teachers reflect on their instructional practice, consider the impact instruction has on students, and implement insights gained from a meeting to improve their teaching performance, can this process be called a professional learning community. This issue of SEDL Insights explores ways that education leaders can guide their staff in the implementation of effective PLCs.
Image of publication cover Using Formative Assessment to Improve Student Achievement in the Core Content Areas: Southeast Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, January 2012
Since 2001, federal laws such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 have made raising student achievement standards the center of our national conversation. Consequently, educators have increasingly turned their attention to exploring the potential of formative assessments as one approach to increasing student outcomes in order to meet federal and state accountability requirements.
Image of publication cover Professional Learning Communities Assessment-Revised (PLCA-R) Online
The Professional Learning Communities Assessment-Revised is a questionnaire that measures staff perceptions of school practices related to six dimensions of a professional learning community and its related attributes.
Image of publication cover Engaging Families in the Assessment Process and the Use of Data: An Early Childhood Example (Webinar)
This webinar examines the strategies the Research Program Partnership at the University of Kansas employs to foster the use of early childhood data at multiple levels, particularly with families. Focus is placed on family engagement in the assessment process and the strategies used to share child assessment data with families.
Image of publication cover College- and Career-Readiness Standards and Assessment Resource List

This biannual update provides a list of resources that focus on college- and career-readiness standards and assessment. It includes materials from the federal content centers, comprehensive centers, and regional educational laboratories, as well as other organizations with expertise in education policy, research, and technical assistance.

Image of publication cover Beyond Adoption—Implementing Rigorous College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Southeast Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, December 2011
This briefing paper provides details on the meaning of college- and career-readiness standards, effective implementation of these standards, next steps in the implementation process, and progress being made by state departments of education in the Southeast toward this crucial goal.
Image of publication cover Common Core State Standards Video Series: Mathematics
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos are designed to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of selected math standards. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on one specific standard through examples and illustrations geared to enhancing understanding.
Image of publication cover Common Core State Standards Video Series: ELA
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos are designed to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of the CCSS. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on one or more specific standards and usually includes examples and illustrations geared to enhancing understanding. 
Image of publication cover Teaching Math to Young Children: Introduction (Webinar)
This webinar provides an overview of the five evidence-based recommendations in the Teaching Math to Young Children practice guide, with a focus on Recommendation 4: Teach children to view and describe their world mathematically. Presenting is Sharon M. Carver, director of Carnegie Mellon's Children's School and one of the practice guide's panelists.
Image of publication cover SEDL Insights, Vol. 3, No. 1: Teaching Content-Area Literacy and Disciplinary Literacy
This issue of SEDL Insights focuses on two types of literacy that are crucial to helping students become college and career ready: content-area literacy and disciplinary literacy.
Image of publication cover Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School Webinar
This webinar presents evidence-based strategies and recommendations for effective English language academic instruction. The focus is on the recommendations in the new IES What Works Clearinghouse practice guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.
Image of publication cover SEDL Insights, Vol. 1, No. 4: Teaching Mathematics Conceptually

Mathematics instruction in the United States has historically focused on procedures, facts, and algorithms. Because of that focus, mathematics instruction, in essence, becomes lessons in arithmetic and efficiency. While there are promising changes occurring in mathematics instruction, we still need to help both teachers and students develop a more conceptual understanding of mathematics. This issue of SEDL Insights helps educators shift from helping students memorize rules to facilitating a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts.

Image of publication cover SEDL Insights, Vol. 1, No. 3: Increasing the Effectiveness of Literacy Coaches
Many districts turn to literacy coaches to deliver professional development, follow-up, and support in implementing evidence-based instructional practices and programs. While literacy coaches offer an effective job-embedded professional learning mechanism for teachers, districts should also provide professional development opportunities for literacy coaches This issue of SEDL Insights how education leaders can help literacy coaches have the greatest impact at their schools.
Image of publication cover Secondary Content-Area Literacy: Time for Crisis or Opportunity for Reform?: Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, Number 12
This brief examines the critical need to implement instruction at the secondary level around adolescent, or content-area, literacy. The challenge is to connect the teaching of literacy to the rest of the secondary education improvement agenda.
Image of publication cover Using Formative Assessment to Improve Student Achievement in the Core Content Areas: Southeast Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, January 2012
Since 2001, federal laws such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 have made raising student achievement standards the center of our national conversation. Consequently, educators have increasingly turned their attention to exploring the potential of formative assessments as one approach to increasing student outcomes in order to meet federal and state accountability requirements.
Image of publication cover Southeast Comprehensive Center eBulletin, Volume 5, Number 1: Strengthening Literacy Programs and Instruction
This issue of the Southeast Comprehensive Center eBulletin focuses on literacy, specifically on how states can strengthen their literacy programs or plans and provide effective professional development and technical assistance for high-need districts in their efforts to implement quality literacy instruction.

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