ERIC Number: ED336859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Promises To Keep: 1991 Education Agenda.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Change is easier to demand than to endure. The deeper we go into reform, the rougher it gets and the higher the degree of public impatience and frustration. The higher the frustration, the greater the temptation for policy makers to try the quick fix. Inadequate funding is another reality faced by "ideal" reform plans. At least 30 states have deficits, and many that raised education expenditures last year will cut them this year. We are nearing the "implementation dip," when the early costs exceed the early rewards. Challenges include lack of a clear vision about school restructuring, confusion among higher education institutions concerning instructional improvement and their K-12 reform roles, too much focus at the basic skills level, piecemeal reform efforts, uncertain state commitment to reform, confusion among parents and educators over reform proposals, weak change incentives, inadequate assessment and accountability systems, leadership deficiencies, and ineffective teacher-student relations. During 1991, the Education Commission of the States will pursue three major strategies: (1) transforming teaching and learning to fulfill individual potential; (2) promoting system change to foster coherence and self-renewal; and (3) embracing diversity to ensure equal opportunity for individuals, cultural enrichment for all, and the fullest possible use of the nation's resources. (MLH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Politics of Education, Program Implementation, School Restructuring
Publications, Education Commission of the States, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver CO 80202-3427 (Order No. GP-91-1; $5.00 plus $1.90 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.