The Center for the Study of Curriculum Policy (CSC) at Michigan State University focuses on research related to curricular issues in K-12 schooling, assessment theory, and the effects of curriculum on academic achievement. A special focus concerns the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, teacher education and preparation, and student achievement. Other research topics include educational policy related to mathematics, science education, and testing in general.
The center was formed in 2012 to house numerous research projects involving curricular issues, including the analysis and collection of large data sets on educational issues and student achievement in the U.S. and around the world. Director William Schmidt is a University Distinguished Professor at MSU and holds faculty appointments in Statistics and Education.