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Katzman, John – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
It's no surprise that, 28 years after the publication of "A Nation at Risk," school-reform efforts have generated so little effect. The nation's schools have proven, over the past century, adept at resisting change. Recent attempts to inject accountability and innovation have brought an important opportunity. No Child Left Behind helped…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Innovation, Educational Change, Public Education
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
Haynes, Mariana – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
For the United States to compete in a global knowledge economy, high schools need to improve dramatically. Young people leave high school without the advanced reading and writing skills required for career and college success. Beginning in the 1980s, reports such as "A Nation at Risk" documented the links between education, reading and…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Literacy, Federal Government, Government Role
Epstein, Diana; Miller, Raegen T. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Prospective teachers can typically obtain a license to teach elementary school without taking a rigorous college-level STEM class such as calculus, statistics, or chemistry, and without demonstrating a solid grasp of mathematics knowledge, scientific knowledge, or the nature of scientific inquiry. This is not a recipe for ensuring students have…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, STEM Education, Teacher Education
Sadowski, Michael – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
Girls have been posting higher reading scores than boys for decades, but other trends suggest they may also have surpassed boys in overall academic performance. Girls have higher high school grade-point averages, are more widely represented as school valedictorians, and attend and graduate from college in greater numbers than boys. All this has…
Descriptors: Family Income, Females, International Studies, Reading Tests
Ladner, Matthew; Lips, Dan – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
A major debate among education reformers over how best to reduce the achievement gap broke out during the 2008 presidential campaign. Most advocates on both sides backed Barack Obama, but they urged him to pursue different policies. The Education Equality Project (EEP) supported a continuation of accountability and other school-focused reforms.…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, School Choice, Demography, Educational Change