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The State of State Standards Post-Common Core

Eight years ago, we compared states’ English language arts (ELA) and mathematics standards to what were then the newly-minted Common Core State Standards. That report found that the Common Core was clearer and more rigorous than the ELA standards in thirty-seven states and stronger than the math standards in thirty-nine states.

While many states have, to varying degrees, revised their standards since 2010, the questions that should concern policymakers and the public haven’t changed: Are states’ ELA and math standards of sufficient quality and rigor to drive effective instruction? And if not, how might they be improved?

David Griffith, Victoria McDougald, Solomon Friedberg, Diane Barone, Juliana Belding, Andrew Chen, Linda Dixon 8.22.2018
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The State of State Standards 2000

According to this comprehensive report, only five states combine solid academic standards with strong school accountability.

Michael J. Petrilli, Chester E. Finn, Jr. 1.15.2000
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Strange Brew: Minnesota's Motley Mix of School Reforms

Minnesota was the first state to embrace many important education reforms, from statewide open enrollment to charter schools to tax credits for parents paying certain education expenses. This report, written by Dr. Mitchell Pearlstein, President of the Minneapolis-based Center of the American Experiment, tells the stories behind Minnesota's unique policy experiences. What lay behind Minnesota's worthy innovations? Who was responsible for the bad ideas? Mitch's short answer: governors were behind most of the proposals that expanded education choice, while the flawed policies emerged from the state's education bureaucracy.

Mitchell B. Pearlstein 1.1.2000
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Growing Better Teachers in the Garden State

This report explains how New Jersey has implemented high standards for teachers without causing a teacher shortage by creating an alternative certification program.

Leo Klagholz 1.1.2000
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The Quest For Better Teachers: Grading The States

Most states are beginning to get serious about boosting the quality of their teaching force. Unfortunately, most of the steps they are taking point in the wrong direction. This 'report card' contains plenty of evidence of that fact-together with some happy exceptions and hopeful signs.

Michael J. Petrilli, Chester E. Finn, Jr., Marci Kanstoroom, Ph.D. 11.1.1999
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Why Charter Schools? The Princeton Story

Nappi tells the engaging story of how Princeton parents tried to change 'the system' from within but had to resort to starting a charter school in order to raise academic standards.

Chiara R. Nappi 10.1.1999
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Traditional Schools, Progressive Schools: Do Parents Have a Choice?

Louis Chandler, professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, determines how widespread progressive and traditional practices are in public, Catholic, and independent schools in the fairly typical state of Ohio. This report the results of his survey of 336 elementary schools that was conducted in the Buckeye State early in 1999.

Louis Chandler 10.1.1999
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Making Standards Work: A Case Study of Washington State

This report takes a close look at the implementation of standards-based reform in one state, Washington, and asks why it was successful in some places but not others.

Mary Beth Celio, Lauren O' Toole, Paul T. Hill, Robin J. Lake 7.1.1999
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Better Teachers, Better Schools

According to this 250-page volume, proposed federal and state policies aimed at boosting teacher-quality may well worsen the problem. Instead of adding even more politics-governance to the teacher training system, policymakers should open up the profession to well-educated individuals and should hold principals accountable for student learning.

Chester E. Finn, Jr., Marci Kanstoroom, Ph.D. 7.1.1999
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The Teachers We Need and How to Get More of Them

A policy statement endorsed by governors, chief state school officers, state board members, prominent education thinkers and analysts, and veteran practitioners, which sets forth principles and policies to guide states as they prepare to hire a teaching force for the 21st century.

4.20.1999
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Better By Design? A Consumer's Guide to Schoolwide Reform

This book is a guide to ten of today's best-known school designs. It is meant for parents, teachers, school board members, philanthropists, civic leaders and other 'consumers' who must evaluate which, if any, of these models they want to pursue.

James Traub 12.1.1998
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