ERIC Number: ED327009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-18
America 2000: An Education Strategy.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.
"America 2000" is a national strategy (not a federal program) designed to accomplish in nine years the six national education goals first articulated by the president and the state governors at the 1989 "Education Summit" in Charlottesville, Virginia. America 2000 is described as having four major "parts," and this booklet is organized around those parts: (1) Better and More Accountable Schools (improving the 110,000 existing schools, for today's students); (2) A New Generation of American Schools (bringing 535 new schools into existence by 1996, for tomorrow's students); (3) A Nation of Students (persuading yesterday's students/today's work force, to keep on learning); (4) Communities Where Learning Can Happen (identifying and designating committed "America 2000 Communities," willing to adopt the six national goals, develop a report card to measure their progress, and create and support one of the 535+ "New American Schools"). Some of the specific operational concepts involved in pursuing this strategy are: (1) "New World Standards" for what young Americans need to know, for each of the five core subjects (English, mathematics, science, geography, history); (2) "American Achievement Tests," a new (voluntary) nationwide examination, based on the five core subjects; (3) "Presidential Citations for Educational Excellence," awarded to high school students who do well on the achievement tests; (4) "Presidential Achievement Scholarships," rewarding academic excellence among needy college/university students; (5) "Merit Schools Program," rewarding schools that make notable progress toward the six goals; (6) "Governors' Academies for School Leaders"; (7) "Governors' Academies for Teachers"; (8) Alternative Certification Systems for Teachers; (9) "America 2000 Communities," designated by their governors; (10) The "New American Schools Development Corporation," a new nonprofit organization, to be established by the business community, that will award contracts for 3-7 "R&D Teams," that will help communities create the new schools. The booklet concludes with a "Glossary" of 20 key terms/concepts used in the text and a "Question and Answer" section posing and answering the 18 most frequently asked questions concerning the new strategy. Appended are a letter from the Secretary of Education, a White House press release, "fact sheet," and "remarks of the President at presentation of National Education Strategy." (WTB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.