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Nation at Risk

The beginning of the school reform wave.

Jennifer Troue

on 15 November 2012

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Transcript of Nation at Risk

The beginning of the
educational reform wave! A Nation at Risk Where can we see this today? A Nation at Risk is a whole school reform to improve student achievement in the nation's schools. President Ronald Reagan and a commission of 18 members created this report in 1983 as a response to the overwhelming data American schools were underachieving on national and international scales. After 29 years of A Nation at risk educators, policy makers, and researchers are still asking questions.
Where we are going as a nation continues to address the challenges of student diversity, achievement scores, and international competitiveness. A Nation at Risk focused on:
1.) Content
2.) Standards / Expectations
3.) Time
4.) Teaching
5.) Leadership / Fiscal Support What: Who / Why: Where: http://vimeo.com/958014 The United States' educational system was failing to meet the national need for a competitive workforce. The commission wanted to assess the "quality of teaching and learning" at the primary, secondary and post secondary levels. President Reagan's agenda consisted of vouchers, tuition tax credits, restoring school prayer and eliminating the U.S. Department of Education, but the report did not include this. A Nation at Risk is a report that includes surveys and studies that noticed a widespread underachievement in american students. The result was soliciting the "support of all who care about our future." http://datacenter.spps.org/uploads/SOTW_A_Nation_at_Risk_1983.pdf After the sputnik launch the public began criticizing the educational system for not properly preparing youth for the competitive world. "The educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people" (U.S. Department of Education, 1983) The report called for elected officials, educators, parents, and students to reform a public school system it described as being "in urgent need of improvement." A Nation at Risk is not alive today in its entirety. A Nation at Risk began the wave of the standards movement and policies like NCLB of 2001 and the Common Core of today (2014 full implementation). ..."It’s time to review the progress we have made since the report’s release.
We remain a nation at risk but are also now a nation informed, a nation accountable, and a nation that recognizes there is much work to be done" (Spellings,3). What has happened in the 25 years since the children of 1983 were born?
Pg 7 How effective was it?
Research Says:
pg 14

How effective was it? (Our Opinion) Strengths: Weaknesses: Brought attention to the educational system from policy makers
Brought administration, parents, and teachers together to reach a common goal
Brought about the standards movement for education
Increased accountability More standards / less teacher trust and creativity
More focus placed on testing
The plan was too vague on how to help education, and too much focus was placed on the faults of education
This began the school bashing that continues today The commission wrote 38 recommendations divided over 5 categories to improve american schools. Proving that we need vigor to improve education. Data and Findings: *The effectiveness of comprehensive school reform in the nation's highest poverty school remains an open question.
*Would we receive credit for a turnaround of our educational system?
*Why have we not been given credit since 1983?
*The public illusion is that high test scores produce economic growth. References: AFT. (2007). AFT history video: AFT Responds to nation at risk. retrieved from
Bell, T.H. (1983, April 26). A nation at risk: The imperative educational reform, 1-48. Retrieved from http://datacenter.spps.org/uploads/SOTW_A_Nation_at_Risk_1983.pdf
Bervends, M. (2004). In the wake of a nation at risk: New american schools' private sector school reform initiative. Department of Leadership, Policy, and organization. Journal of Education.
Bracey, G.W. (2008). Disastrous legacy aftermath of a nation at risk, 8-83. Dissent.
Spellings, M. (2008). A nation accountable, Twenty-five years after a nation at risk. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/accountable/accountable.pdf
Wilson,P. (2008). Nation at risk_25 years later. retrieved from http://vimeo.com/958014
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