Implementation of K-12 State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literacy
Apr 4, 2017
In a 2016 report, RAND researchers explored English language arts teachers' implementation of their state standards, with a specific focus on teachers' instructional materials, their knowledge about their standards, and their instructional practices. This report provides an update based on data from a spring 2016 survey of the RAND American Teacher Panel.
Findings from the American Teacher Panel
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In a 2016 report, RAND researchers explored English language arts (ELA) teachers' implementation of their state standards, with a specific focus on three key aspects: teachers' instructional materials, their knowledge about their standards, and their instructional practices. This report provides an update based on data from a spring 2016 survey of the RAND American Teacher Panel (ATP). In particular, the authors connect teachers' approaches to reading instruction with their understanding of two ideas aligned with most state standards related to reading: use of complex texts and close reading of texts.
The findings imply that ELA teachers need clearer messages about the reading instruction approaches and practices aligned with their state standards, as well as better supports and curriculum resources to engage in those approaches. In particular, teachers need guidance on the use of leveled readers — or texts written at students' individual reading levels — and how to address reading skills through texts.
The research described in this report was funded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and conducted by RAND Education.
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