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ERIC Number: ED504194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Great Expectations: Holding Ourselves and Our Schools Accountable for Results
US Department of Education
This report traces the evolution of education in America from a privilege for a few to a necessity for all, and discusses the need to promote high standards and accountability in the classroom. Eight specific areas are highlighted: (1) "A History of Expectations" traces the history of the public school in America and its shift in the 20th century away from academic achievement; (2) "The Search for Accountability" focuses on U.S. response to declining test scores and a widening achievement gap, and the growing coalition of parents and business and community leaders demanding change; (3) "Education as a Civil Right" describes the bipartisan passage of the No Child Left Behind Act and how it is helping at-risk students realize their potential; (4) "Doing What Works" shows how annual testing and data-based accountability are helping identify what works and fix what does not; (5) "Recognizing and Rewarding Teachers" outlines support for qualified and effective teachers, designated as key to academic achievement; (6) "Higher Education That Aims Higher" details efforts to ensure college students are prepared to learn from day one and that universities and colleges are accessible, affordable, and accountable; (7) "New Choices for a New Century" looks at how charter schools, choice, and other options are giving kids a lifeline and driving schools to improve; and (8) "What's Next? A Future of Reform and Results" offers a vision of a brighter, opportunity-filled future for American children and a roadmap to get there.
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education (ED), Office of the Secretary
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001