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ERIC Number: ED506071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
Blueprint. Number 3
White, April D., Ed.
James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy
States have taken a "standards-based" approach to education during the past two decades; however, as reported in the Hunt Institute-sponsored study by the National Research Council, that approach has fallen short of its lofty and admirable goals. A comprehensive and integrated system of standards, assessments, curriculum, instructional materials, data, teacher and principal development, and student support is rarely found in states. Yet, each of these is a vital component of a successful and productive education enterprise. State leaders must address these shortcomings or too many of their students will continue to fail. The great news is that states do not have to work in isolation as they seek answers to these universal challenges. They can address these shortcomings by building on President Obama's commitment to education, Secretary Duncan's determination to support and foster innovation through the Race to the Top Fund (RTT), and the ever-increasing interest in collaboration among states. Leaders who are committed to the improvement of education in their states will capitalize on the one-time American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to drive lasting change and will lead creative and innovative thinking to compete for RTT dollars. Leaders who allow this opportunity to slip by, fail to use these funds well, or do not take bold action, will not serve their constituents well. "Blueprint" is designed to help state leaders identify leverage points for change and to note several key efforts and resources that are available to assist them. The Coalition for Student Achievement--a group of more than 50 organizations committed to ensuring that ARRA funds are used to drive effective education reform--is one of those sources. This issue summarizes and references the Coalition's efforts and publications as well as those from a variety of sources. [For "Blueprint. Number 2," see ED505670.]
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy