ERIC Number: ED342077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Education Reform from 1983 to 1990: State Action and District Response.
Firestone, William A.; And Others
The 1980s were an exceptional period for state educational reform activity. The decade was notable for the breadth and persistence of the movement for educational reform centered at the state and local levels. To learn more about state reform activity, the consortium launched a study to examine policy making and practice in six states (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania) from 1986 through 1990. The states varied in the scope of their reform efforts, the instruments used to get districts to change, and geographical location. Within these states, reform activity was documented in 21 districts through site visits, periodic phone calls, and a review of the documents. This report summarizes the initiatives. The introduction reviews the "waves" of reforms in the 1980s, trends, and problem areas. Trends in state reform policies constitute the next chapter, which includes a discussion on curriculum and academic standards, testing and accountability, teacher policies, and changes in educational governance. The next chapter offers an overview of the trends in local school districts, including local developments in curriculum, testing, teacher quality, current district priorities and concerns, and variations in local response to state reform. The fourth chapter examines school finance in the 1980s, and the concluding chapter presents challenges for future reform. (72 references) (RR)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Governance, Public Schools, School Districts, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring
Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1568 ($12.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, New Brunswick, NJ.