ERIC Number: EJ997218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 7
For the Record: What Education Policy Could Be
Tienken, Christopher H.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v48 n1 p7-9 2012
A review of education reform policies reveals a shift from an input guarantee approach aimed at providing funds to level the playing field for all students to an output guarantee approach based on the expectation of achieving standardized results regardless of inputs. The shift reflects a belief that where a child starts his or her cognitive, social, and moral development has no bearing on where he or she might finish. The No Child Left Behind Act, Common Core State Standards Initiative, national high-stakes standardized testing, teacher and administrator pay for performance based on test results, the proliferation of charter schools, and publically funded vouchers for private schools are all outgrowths of a policy philosophy built on the standardization of knowledge and performance outputs. Although little empirical evidence exists to demonstrate that output guarantee approaches result in positive lifelong benefits to children, these mandates continue to pelt public education with growing frequency. This commentary questions the current policy environment and contributes holistic ideas to the current reform conversation.
Descriptors: State Standards, Charter Schools, Teaching Methods, Standardized Tests, Educational Change, Moral Development, Educational Vouchers, Public Education, Private Schools, Federal Legislation, Academic Standards, Social Development, Cognitive Development, Educational Policy, Merit Pay
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001