Excellence for All

Excellence for All

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Excellence For All: American Education Reform, 1983-2008 examines the history of school reform in the United States over the past quarter-century. Specifically, the work examines an approach to educational change best characterized by the phrase qexcellence for allqa€”an equity-focused policy phenomenon uniquely situated for the policymaking context of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The idea of promoting excellence for all students united a broad enough coalition to pursue a truly national reform effort and captured the imaginations of leaders in state and local government, at philanthropic foundations, in colleges and universities, and in school districts across the country. Led by a corps of self-styled educational entrepreneurs aggressively pursuing reforms that they could take qto scale, q the movement sought to remake the American high school piece by piece. The dissertation examines this reform movement through the nation's three largest districtsa€”New York, Chicago, and Los Angelesa€”and through three particular change efforts: a physical plant reform (the small schools movement), a personnel reform (Teach For America), and a curricular reform (the Advanced Placement Program). The work aims to establish the ways in which this most recent era of school reform represented a departure from previous reform eras, strives to explain the movement's broad appeal, and ultimately, aims to understand its shortcomings by exploring the assumptions underlying the excellence for all approach and the tradeoffs required by it.American Education Reform, 1983-2008 ... In 1999, for instance, over 175, 000 students took the AP test in U.S. History, while only 30, 000 students took the test in Calculus BC. ... test that critics pointed to as evidence of the programa#39;s middling qualitya€”straightforwardly consists primarily of multiple choice questions focusinganbsp;...

Title:Excellence for All
Publisher:Stanford University - 2010


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