ERIC Number: ED440467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Do You Know...The Good News about American Education?
Kober, Nancy; Rentner, Diane Stark
There have been major improvements in public education since the early 1980s, when the nation started focusing seriously on school reform, and informed citizens need to be aware of these positive trends. This booklet highlights important improvements in public education over the past 15-20 years, along with positive data about the state of public education. The report updates and expands on the monthly one-page briefs issued by the Center on Education Policy in 1998 and 1999. The only findings included are those supported by objective national data banks, such as the National Center for Education Statistics. By publishing these facts, the report hopes to dispel some widely held misconceptions about public schools and give citizens solid evidence to inform their opinions, policy decisions, and future actions. Due to lack of space, the publication does not include many positive aspects, yet their absence does not indicate they are negative. However, other areas, such as reading achievement, have not been included because the trends are mixed or vary by age groups. A brief discussion of "The Work Ahead" notes some of the various actions that states, school districts, and citizens can take to build on the progress already made. (DFR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.; Center on Education Policy, Washington, DC.