ERIC Number: ED468536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
State Policy Options To Support a P-16 System of Public Education. Preschool through Postsecondary.
This paper offers options to state policymakers interested in a P-16 system of educational reform. P-16 systems are attempts to create a coherent, flexible system of public education that stretches from preschool through the fourth year of college. The range of options for policymakers is broad and depends on existing state programs and plans. The approach to P-16 reform can be incremental-implementing change one step at a time-or comprehensive-introducing change simultaneously across the system. Whichever approach a state chooses, the concept of P-16 education must be widely endorsed and supported. Thus the role of elected and appointed policymakers is vital. Policymakers must define and carry out a strategy to bring about change in the face of tradition and entrenched bureaucracy. Following are some points policymakers should consider when pursuing P-16 reform: (1) Identify needs and articulate a vision; (2) build a consensus around the need to realize the vision; (3) maintain the focus; (4) align the implementation tools; and (5) develop guidelines to administer and oversee the process. State policymakers must provide the leadership and support necessary to address the needs of parents and alleviate the concerns of the education community. (WFA)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Higher Education, Policy Analysis, Public Education, State Legislation, State Standards
Education Commission of the States, 700 Broadway, #1200 Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3600; Fax: 303-296-8332; Web site: http://www.ecs.org. For full text: http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/30/28/3028.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Kentucky; New Hampshire