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Ravitch, Diane – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Momentous changes are occurring in American education at a rapid pace, and with far too little deliberation about their value and likely consequences. The most dramatic, and possibly most significant, is the federal Department of Education's quiet but firm assumption of control of the nation's public schools. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is…
Descriptors: Presidents, Public Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
Ravitch, Diane – National Assessment Governing Board, 2009
The author of this paper describes the responsibilities of the National Assessment Governing Board, of which she served as a member from November 1997 to September 2004. The Board is unlike any other board of which she has been a member. At the quarterly meetings, the Board not only discusses and makes major policy decisions but determines the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, National Standards, National Competency Tests, Educational Quality
Finn, Chester E., Jr.; Ravitch, Diane – American School Board Journal, 1987
Discusses the findings (and implications) from the 1985 national assessment of American students' knowledge of history and literature funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The average score of 11th graders on history was 55 percent and on literature 52 percent. (MD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality
Finn, Chester E., Jr.; Ravitch, Diane – Phi Delta Kappan, 1988
Discusses the dismal results of the 1986 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) appraisal of American high school students' knowledge about history and literature. Explores connections between cultural literacy and students' family background, homework, and television viewing habits. Recommends more and better history and literature…
Descriptors: Family Influence, History Instruction, Homework, Literature