ERIC Number: ED450164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Improving the Odds: A Report on Title I from the Independent Review Panel.
Council for Basic Education, Washington, DC.
This report comments on findings from research and evaluation of both the implementation and the changes that the Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) of 1994 made to Title I of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA), with a particular focus on findings released since 1999. The report emphasizes recommendations made in April 1999 and adds others based on findings presented in the U.S. Department of Education's 2001 report, "High Standards for All Students: A Report from the National Assessment of Title I on Progress and Challenges since the 1994 Reauthorization." The report is presented by the Independent Review Panel, a Congressionally mandated, non-partisan panel of educators, researchers, and policy experts that advises the Secretary of Education on the evaluation of federal education programs. This report frames key issues related to the new approach to educational improvement embodied in the 1994 reauthorization of ESEA, proposing improvements in federal policy. It reviews changes that Congress made to Title I in 1994, particularly its mandate to raise standards for all children. Next, it lists the guiding assumptions behind the new approach to Title I, which makes it easier to judge whether the assumptions have proven true. The report then discusses ways in which implementation at the state and local level is not complete. The final section offers policy recommendations to strengthen the effectiveness of standards-based reform and the new Title I. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Low Income Groups, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Basic Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; Improving Americas Schools Act 1994 Title I