ERIC Number: ED357463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Looking Back at a Decade of Educational Improvement: What Is Different Today? Why Are We Disappointed? What Are We Learning?
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
In light of the 10th anniversary of "A Nation at Risk," this report attempts to answer some of the questions about the southern states' educational accomplishments of the past decade. After the introduction, three sections address the following questions: (1) What is different today? (2) Why are we disappointed? and (3) What are we learning? The first section notes the following developments: a focus on a wide range of student achievement standards; tougher college admission standards that did not deter enrollment; an overall increase in achievement due to higher standards; an increase in school readiness programs; higher teacher certification standards; attention to educational leadership; and increased funding for education. The biggest disappointment is the lack of success in dealing with the growing population of disadvantaged students. Other shortfalls concern student achievement, dropout rates, students who are inadequately prepared for the job market and college, and an inadequate supply of quality and minority teachers. Lessons learned in the past 10 years are to emphasize student results; recognize that improvement is a longterm commitment; establish clear, measurable goals; and develop partnerships among schools, colleges, and communities. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, School Restructuring, State Standards
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.