ERIC Number: ED427416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The Progress of Education Reform 1998.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This fourth annual report by the Education Commission of the States (ECS) examines the status of efforts to improve the public education system. Nine sections provide overviews of major trends in policy and practice: (1) "Standards, Assessment and Accountability" explores the transition over the last decade toward a standards-based system by examining the quality of content standards, student assessment, and promoting accountability; (2) "School Finance and Facilities Funding" looks at the use of private-sector style data management and new approaches to assessing statewide needs; (3) "Public School Choice" looks at vouchers, home schooling, and charter schools as examples of market-style reforms; (4) "Teacher Education and Professional Development" discusses state-wide initiatives affecting all aspects of teaching and offers research-based principles for improving professional development; (5) "Technology" considers the pressures on educators to demonstrate that investments in technology and telecommunications raise student achievement and improve the overall learning environment; (6) "Early Childhood Care and Education" focuses on statewide initiatives aimed at promoting healthy development of infants, toddlers, and young children, and augmenting services to disadvantages children; (7) "K-12/Postsecondary Collaboration" looks at how these two systems work together to improve student achievement and access to college; (8) "Comprehensive School Reform" takes a critical look at whole-school reform and offers some lessons learned from New American Schools; and (9) "Governance" comments upon the current trend toward decentralization and the applicability of state intervention when necessary. Contains relevant websites, telephone phone numbers, and ECS publications. (RIB)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Policy, Professional Development, Public Education, Public Policy, Public Schools, School Choice, Standards
Education Commission of the States, Distribution Center, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 (Stock No. SI-98-5; $12.50 plus $4.25 postage and handling, prepaid).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: For the 1996 report, see ED 402 653.