ERIC Number: ED451585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Education at a Crossroads, 2000: The Road to Excellence. Putting Student Performance First. [A Report of the] Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
This report presents the compilation of information gathered from hearings and oversight activities held in 1999 and 2000. Its primary focus is on the underlying policies behind success in education at all levels of government: policies that put student performance first. It offers the troubling news that for the first time since the National Assessment of Educational Progress began measuring academic achievement 30 years ago, an entire decade passed without significant and substantial gains. During the 1990s, achievement leveled off in most grades and subject areas and achievement gaps have not narrowed despite intensive federal efforts to target funds to disadvantaged students. In fact, for the last 12 years, most achievement gaps have been widening, and the gains made during the 1970s and 1980s were lost. The text argues that the current federal role does not reward results and that many federal education dollars were devoted to unproven programs. The report suggests that schools and districts be given more flexibility in the use of federal funds, that the amount of regulation in running the schools be lessened, that parents be empowered, that everyone is afforded access to a high-quality education, and that the money spent at the Department of Education is done so with integrity. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, National Surveys, Program Evaluation, Summative Evaluation
For full text: http://edworkforce.house.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Note: For a related report, "Education at a Crossroads: What Works and What's Wasted in Education Today" issued by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in 1998, see ED 431 238.