ERIC Number: ED253936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Reform of American Education: Policy Issues for State Education Agencies. An Issues Analysis Paper. Discussion Draft.
Hansen, Kenneth H.
This paper sets forth and clarifies state-level policy issues that are implicit in the recommendations for reform provided by recent major reports on the status of American education. For each report under consideration, four questions are posed: (1) Who is recommending what? (2) Does the recommendation make sense in a state's total program? (3) What are the influences (political, fiscal, other) operating for or against the adoption of this recommendation? and (4) What are the likely consequences of adopting this recommendation? The first part discusses recommendations in the report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education that raise fundamental policy questions, such as those calling for "five new basics" as well as higher academic standards, more time in school, and the upgrading of teacher status. The second part discusses the Twentieth Century Fund Task Force Report, which is primarily concerned with federal, rather than state, policy, but nevertheless has implications for the federal-state relationship in educational policy. The third report discussed, the College Board Educational Equality Project, is primarily concerned with standards for college entrance and thus raises the policy question of equitable resource allocation to accommodate the needs of all students, whether college-bound or not. Remaining reports that are discussed more briefly include the Education Commission of the States Task Force on Education, the Carnegie Corporation report "Education and Economic Progress," and Goodlad's "A Study of Schooling." (TE)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Preparation, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal State Relationship, Government School Relationship, Politics of Education, Reports, School Effectiveness, State Agencies, State Departments of Education, State School District Relationship, State Standards
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Chief State School Officers of the Northwest and Pacific.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Northwest Center for State Educational Policy Studies.