ERIC Number: EJ1008524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May-8
Reference Count: 0
Rifts Deepen over Direction of Education Policy in U.S.
Education Week, v32 n30 p1, 14-16 May 2013
In statehouses and cities across the country, battles are raging over the direction of education policy--from the standards that will shape what students learn to how test results will be used to judge a teacher's performance. Students and teachers, in passive resistance, are refusing to take and give standardized tests. Protesters have marched to the White House over what they see as the privatization of the nation's schools. New advocacy groups, meanwhile, are taking their fight city to city by pouring record sums of money into school board races. Not since the battles over school desegregation has the debate about public education been so intense and polarized, observers say, for rarely before has an institution that historically is slow to change been forced to deal with so much change at once. Forty-six states and the District of Columbia are implementing the Common Core State Standards, and nearly as many are developing common tests that are expected to debut in 2014-15.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Education, State Standards, Academic Standards, Standardized Tests, Teacher Evaluation, Privatization, Politics of Education, Activism, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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