The coming decade holds immense potential for dramatic improvement in U.S. education and in the achievement of American children and in this volume, members of the Hoover Institution's Koret Task Force on K-12 Education examine both the potential gains and the pitfalls that lie ahead, informed by where U.S. education has been, what changes have been made in recent years, and what's still required for the comprehensive overhaul that this vital enterprise so urgently needs. Looking backward is infinitely easier than predicting the future, but planning for the future is necessary if anything is to change and by analysing the recent past and present condition of American primary and secondary school education across a host of key topics, task force members in this volume chart a bold course for the years ahead. Optimistic about the opportunities at hand, they identify essential-and feasible-reforms as well as the barriers that must be overcome if those changes are to occur. They offer high-quality scholarship and thoughtful prescriptions for productive policy alternatives. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
The pressing need to improve achievement in American schools is widely recognized. In Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform, Herbert J. Walberg draws on scientific studies of tests and their uses to inform citizens, educators, and policy makers about well-established principles of testing, current problems, and promising evidence-based solutions. He explains the central considerations in developing and evaluating good tests and tells how tests can best be used, covering such topics as using tests for student incentives, paying teachers for performance, and using tests in efforts to attain new state and national standards. To minimize mistaken policies and practices, the book also describes testing technology to enable readers to evaluate and make better use of tests. And because valid tests cannot be developed without clear, specific standards, one chapter is devoted to discussing standards and how they should determine the plans and development of tests and testing. In view of the continuing technical and political problems of tests and testing, the last chapter argues that, for accountability, to improve tests and testing, and to prevent fraud, the development, administration, scoring, and reporting test results should be conducted independent of traditional school authorities. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Presents a convincing case that, despite the controversy it has ignited, the US No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law is making a positive difference and should be renewed. It outlines ten specific lessons and recommendations that identify the strengths and weaknesses of NCLB and offers suggestions for improving the law, building on its current foundation. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Campaign for fiscal equity v. New York: the march of folly / Sol Stern
The legal backdrop to adequacy / Alfred A. Lindseth
High-poverty, high-performance schools, districts, and states / Herbert J. Walberg
High-spending, low-performing school districts / Williamson M. Evers and Paul Clopton
Thorough and efficient private and public schools / Paul E. Peterson
How can anyone say what's adequate if nobody knows how money is spent now? / Marguerite Roza and Paul T. Hill
Science violated: spending projections and the "costing out" of an adequate education / Eric A. Hanushek
Adequacy beyond dollars: the productive use of school time / E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
Funding for performance: a policy statement of the Koret Task Force.
The expert contributors to this volume assess recent court actions in school adequacy lawsuits and their impact on student outcomes. They show that simply throwing more resources at the problem has not brought about a solution and call for changes centered around accountability, incentives, and more informed parents and policymakers. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
"The contents of this booklet are drawn from the book 'Within our reach: how America can educate every child' published by Rowwman & Littlefield publishers, in association with the Hoover Institution. The booklet is an executive summary of the findings and recommendations of the Koret Task Force on the NCLB issue"--Page 4 of cover.
Are we still at risk? : findings and recommendations / Koret task force on K-12 education
Part 1. "A nation at risk" : then and now
A historic document / Diane Ravitch
Little gain in student achievement / Paul E. Peterson
What has changed and what has not / Caroline M. Hoxby
Minority children at risk / Paul Hill, Kacey Guin, Mary Beth Celio
The importance of school quality / Eric A. Hanushek
Part 2. Why so little was reformed
The politics of the status quo / Terry M. Moe
Teacher reform gone astray / Chester E. Finn Jr.
The curricular smorgasbord / Williamson M. Evers, Paul Clopton
Neglecting the early grades / E.D. Hirsch Jr.
Part 3. Getting serious
Real accountability / Herbert J. Walberg
Real choice / John E. Chubb.
This book assesses the changes that have occurred in the twenty years since A Nation at Risk, which urged major reforms in American education, was issued by the National Education Commission. It offers recommendations based on three core principles-accountability, choice, and transparency-that can reinvigorate the system and rekindle America's confidence in public education. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
School Figures presents statistics, along with historical trends and cross-sectional comparisons, to provide a clear, factual picture of today's K-12 education landscape, including information on school demographics, cost and finance, testing and achievement, public school reform, and other key areas. (source: Nielsen Book Data)