Reforms Aplenty

Reforms Aplenty

In just one year, there have been more education reforms proposed and enacted than in the preceding decade.
 

The Obama administration's education mission is to better prepare American students for the global economy. As President Obama states on barackobama. com, "We need to stop paying lip service to public education, and start holding communities, administrators, teachers, parents and students accountable." In just one year, there have been more education reforms proposed and enacted than in the preceding decade.

In this issue, we cover many of the reforms he's talking about, from more districts seeing the advantages of school readiness in "The Push for Public Preschool" to the next generation of standardized testing, which will focus on critical thinking skills. While staying true to the goals of No Child Left Behind, the administration wants to update "bubble tests" and create a more comprehensive assessment of student learning, which we discuss in "Gearing Up for the New Assessment."

The administration's reform plan includes "an army of new teachers," and in this issue, we interview the COO of Teach for America. In "Teaching For America" we also learn that this program is expanding and strengthening every year, despite opposition from critics. In Supervisor's Opinion, columnist Eamonn O'Donovan offers his thoughts on evaluating teachers based on the performance of their students, and how student achievement should be decided at the national level by professionals qualified to make that determination.

Lastly, Michael Resnick, associate executive director for advocacy and management for the National School Boards Association, has written about a hot button issue in "The Hype Behind Charter Schools."

Along with the last of a three-part series, "States of Debate," this issue includes a profile by Senior Editor Angela Pascopella on Carlos Garcia, superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District, and other articles I hope you will find interesting.

Welcome to our midsummer issue!

Judy Faust Hartnett, Editor in Chief jhartnett@districtadministration.com


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