ERIC Number: ED475725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Recent State Policy Initiatives in Education: A Supplement to "Measuring Up 2000." National Center Report.
McGuinness, Aims, Jr.
This paper presents observations on a nationwide review of recent state education policy initiatives. The intent of the review was to identify initiatives that have been implemented since most of the data in the "Measuring Up 2000" report were collected, roughly academic year 1997-1998. The review emphasized higher education but did examine the scope of educational initiatives from early childhood through adult education. The review did not focus on trends in levels of state funding for higher education. Findings show that a number of states have undertaken significant new policy initiatives since 1997-1998 that could have effects on future educational performance. A subtle shift is taking place in a small subset of states from a focus on institutions to a focus on the state's population. This change is reflected in strategies aimed at increasing the educational attainment of the state's population. In a majority of states, however, higher education policy remains focused on internal concerns and institutional priorities. Findings also show a clear distinction between states and initiated education reforms in the late 1980s and early 1990s and have sustained those reforms and states that did not. State policy initiatives identified were grouped into 10 categories: (1) major reform initiatives; (2) K-16 initiatives at the state level; (3) major initiatives, primarily for higher education; (4) major P-12 initiatives; (5) teacher quality initiatives; (6) major community college initiatives; (7) major policy changes in student financing; (8) major changes in institutional financing; (9) new delivery systems, technology, and distance learning initiatives; and (10) other major higher education policy initiatives. An appendix summarizes state policy initiatives in education since 1997-1998 in table form. (SLD)
Descriptors: Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Higher Education, State Action
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, CA.