NEPC Resources on Market-Based School Reforms
NEPC Fellow Douglas Harris Responds to Critiques of Study, and a Q&A on the Effect of New Orleans School Reforms
Education Interview of the Month: Greg Smith Interviews Alyssa Hadley Dunn on Viral Teacher Resignation Letters
As currently used, the Common Core will almost certainly exacerbate the policy failures of the past decade. The focus is on accountability, not on providing supports and resources to students and their teachers. This linking of Common Core to accountability regimes is a feature, not a bug -- it is what was intended from the outset. When politicians opt for accountability policies and market-based privatization policies, they supersede policies that are grounded in best practices -- evidence-based reforms that have succeeded in enhancing opportunities to learn.
Teach For America (TFA) receives hundreds of millions of public and private dollars and has garnered acclaim for sending college graduates, who do not typically have an education background, to teach in low-income rural and urban schools for a two-year commitment. The number of TFA corps members has grown by about 2,000% since its inception in 1990. The impact of these transitory teachers is hotly debated. Admirers see the program as a way to grow the supply of “outstanding” graduates, albeit temporarily, as teachers.
This series of policy briefs examining education reform in Florida finds that the results of the state's aggressive school-reform program have been mixed, and that the state's actions often do not match its rhetoric when it comes to implementing reforms.
Each of the following sections can be found in downloadable format below. The separate Executive Summaries can be found here.