ERIC Number: ED420918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-30
Reference Count: N/A
Goals 2000: Reforming Education To Improve Student Achievement. Report to Congress.
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
The Goals 2000: Educate America Act, which became law in 1994 and was amended in 1996, emphasizes student learning through a long-term, broad-based effort to promote coherent and coordinated improvements in education. A report of this act's influence on education is presented here. The text provides a history of Goals 2000, including the legislation, the amendments, and the state planning that went into the act. It outlines the strategic role of Goals 2000, focusing on state-level support for reform, sustaining the reform effort, and supplementing ongoing reform. How the act emphasizes standards-based reform and presents content and performance standards are described, along with accountability for improvement, assessment, student performance, accountability, teacher preparation, community and parental involvement, and coordinated change. How the Goals were formulated to serve all children and how they are being maintained are discussed, as are coordination efforts, professional development and preservice education, assessment details, the use of data and research, and sustaining the momentum. Three appendices offer information on funding allocation, the Education Flexibility Demonstration Program, and parent information and resource centers. It is claimed that 47 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico now have comprehensive Goals 2000 plans for education reform and that all states are developing systems that hold districts and schools accountable for student performance. "Goals 2000 Funding Allocation,""Education Flexibility Demonstration Program (Ed-Flex)," and "Parent Information and Resource Centers" are appended. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000