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ERIC Number: EJ1143962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
Standards-Based Reform: Everything Old Is New Again
Hull, Robert; Long, Don
State Education Standard, v17 n2 p6-9 May 2017
While much about the direction of federal education policy and regulation is murky, one thing remains clear. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed the torch of educational leadership back to the states, giving them a broad range of authority they have not exercised for decades. What exactly does this shift mean for state boards of education? ESSA provides unparalleled responsibility and opportunity for all states--regardless of the scope of their state policy authority: responsibility for creating a coherent set of state policies to drive improvement of educational outcomes for all students and opportunity to create a system that fosters local and school-level innovation and creativity. There is a natural tension between regulation and innovation, but they are two sides of the proverbial coin. Good state education policy articulates rigorous educational outcomes and accountability measures focused on excellence and equity. It leaves much of the "how" to those closest to students in the classroom. How can regulation and innovation be wed in a unified, effective system? The answer lies in the foundational standards that mesh policy and practice into a symbiotic, reciprocal cycle of mutual improvement. The key is fidelity to comprehensive, well-articulated standards that drive the development of both policy and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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