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ERIC Number: ED538627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Nation's Schools Are Stepping up to Higher Standards
Alliance for Excellent Education
America's education system faces enormous challenges that need to be addressed urgently and systemically. Greater emphasis is now being placed on ensuring that every student, including low-income students and students of color, achieve their potential, but major challenges remain. Far too many public schools have not changed quickly enough to meet the growing needs of students, parents, and employers. As states have rightly moved to requiring that all students graduate from high school ready for college and a career, school district leaders must take on this challenge and make smart, far-reaching decisions that will affect the next decade of education. District leaders will need to make serious and crucial decisions that will shape education for the next decade. Effective educational technology strategies that link the "three Ts"--teaching, technology, and use of time--can enhance and accelerate systemic planning efforts focused at whole-school reform and improved student outcomes. And although some districts have made great progress, much more needs to be done to achieve the higher standards and to ensure that each child graduates ready for college and a career. After brainstorming with district leaders from varying districts--large, small, rural, and urban--the Alliance for Excellent Education can contribute and support district leaders by offering an urgent national call that provides district leaders with collegial support and some room to innovate around the effective use of technology in education. Discussed in this paper are four serious challenges facing district leaders including: (1) Increasing Needs for Higher Student Achievement; (2) Shrinking Budgets; (3) The Future of Teaching; and (4) Growing Technology Needs of Students and Society. (Contains 11 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education