ERIC Number: ED419297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Prospects for Reform: The State of American Education and the Federal Role. An Interim Report of the Senate Budget Committee Task Force on Education.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Budget Committee Task Force on Education.
An overview of U.S. academic achievement and the role of the federal government is offered in this report. It looks at scores on national tests, such as the SAT, and finds that although some improvements in math scores are evident, overall, students still score below scores from the 1970s. Furthermore, it is claimed that American students' math knowledge lags behind that of students in other countries. Such conditions raise the question whether schools are receiving adequate federal funding, and it is argued here that they are. Many schools, especially urban schools, are portrayed as being in crisis. Current federal establishments in education do not meet the needs, it is argued, in part because of program overlap and because of the sheer number of employees required to administer federal funds. An assessment of the federal effort shows that the effectiveness of federal programs is typically unknown. This lack of evaluative accountability is blamed on a shortage of results-oriented programs and an "instinctive caution." Research on federal programs has likewise failed to produce accountability. The report claims that real educational change will come through the states and districts and that these administrative bodies be given more latitude in school operations. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Budget Committee Task Force on Education.