Brookings Papers on Education Policy: 2002

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Diane Ravitch
Brookings Institution Press, Dec 1, 2010 - Education - 360 pages
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Published annually, Brookings Papers on Education Policy (BPEP) analyzes policies intended to improve student performance. In each volume, some of the best-informed analysts in various disciplines review the current situation in education and consider programs for reform. In this fifth annual issue of the series, prominent educators and other social scientists discuss accountability and its consequences for students. Contents include: ¡°Grade Retention and Social Promotion in Texas, 1994-99¡± A. Gary Dworkin, Jon Lorence, Laurence Toenjes, and Antwanette Hill (University of Houston) ¡°Reform, Resistance... Retreat? The Predictable Policies of Accountability in Virginia¡± Frederick Hess (University of Virginia) ¡°School Accountability in California: An Early Evaluation¡± Julian Betts (UC San Diego and Public Policy Institute of California) and Anne Danenberg (Public Policy Institute of California) ¡°Standards and Accountability in Washington State¡± (Paul Hill and Robin Lake (University of Washington) ¡°Volatility in School Test Scores: Implications for Test-Based Accountability Systems¡± Tom Kane (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University) and Douglas O Staiger (Dartmouth College) ¡°Building a High-Quality Assessment Program: The Philadelphia Example¡± Andy Porter (Wisconsin Center for Education and Research) and Mitchell Chester (Philadelphia School System) ¡°Accountability in Chicago¡± Alfred Hess (Northwestern University)

 

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Academic Achievement among Elementary School Students
13
Comment by Andrew Rotherham
52
Reform Resistance Retreat? The Predictable Politics of Accountability in Virginia
69
Comment by Alan Wurtzel
104
An Early Evaluation
123
Comment by Robert Rothman
181
Standards and Accountability in Washington State
199
Comment by Michael J Petrilli
226
Implications for TestBased Accountability Systems
235
Comment by David Grissmer
269
The Philadelphia Example
285
Comment by Daniel Koretz
315
Consequences for Students
339
Comment by Stanley S Litow
374
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Page 2 - Congress, governors, state legislators and assorted agencies can be traced to the publication in 1983 of A Nation at Risk, a report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education.

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Diane Ravitch , former Assistant Secretary of Educational Research and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, is the author of numerous books, including The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (Knopf, 2003), Left Back: A Century of Battles over School Reform (Simon & Schuster, 2001), and National Standards in American Education: A Citizen's Guide (Brookings, 1995).

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