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ERIC Number: EJ942909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1056-3997
The Perfect Storm: How Policy, Research, and Assessment Will Transform Public Education
McMillan, James H.
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v24 n1 p39-47 Win 2011
In the 2000 movie "The Perfect Storm," there is an unusual convergence of several critical weather factors that set the stage for a destructive outcome that takes both property and lives. It has become a popular metaphor to describe how events come together in a unique way to have an exceptional influence on something, typically a negative impact. In this article, the author wants to focus on a different kind of perfect storm, one which is bringing several factors together that will create what he believes will be a destructive force for student learning. His contention is that there are three powerful influences that are coming together that will shape public education in the future--policy and politics, research, and assessment. The author reviews each of these three factors, with a discussion of why they are detrimental, then lists a few things educational researchers and assessment experts can do to mitigate the negative effects. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A