ERIC Number: ED274060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
School Reform Policy: A Call for Reason. A Report from the ASCD Panel on State Policy Initiatives.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.
A five-step method for evaluating proposed policies for educational reform is suggested and explicated in this booklet. The five steps are as follows: (1) to identify the problems toward which reforms are directed, (2) to identify the policies designed to address each problem, (3) to identify assumptions about the problems and the proposed solutions, (4) to review what is known about the problems and proposed policies, and (5) to identify other ways of looking at the problems and policies. The booklet illustrates the application of the five-step method by showing how it can be used to review school reform in general as well as more specific reform policies aimed at student testing, salary structures, and administrative training programs. The five-step method is advocated as one aspect of a larger policy analysis process that could involve development of a policy analysis group with a carefully selected chairperson, research to obtain all relevant information, and adaptation of the five-step method to local needs. Among the issues policymakers will be facing in the near future are parental choice, the uses of electronic technology, the provision of educational services for dropouts and preschool children, and the relationship between education and economic development. A list of 29 references is appended. (PGD)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Economics, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Management Development, Policy Formation, School Choice, Student Evaluation, Teacher Salaries
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.