Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Education Commission of the States. (1992). Bringing coherence to state policy: Restructuring the education system. Denver, CO: Author.

An effective educational reform plan creates a compelling vision, develops a new policy environment conducive to change, and lays out strategies for involving educators, parents, business people, and community members in implementation. This publication begins by comparing traditional educational policy to systemic education policy. The key to major educational system improvement lies in redefining the policy area that should drive state reform and linking other policy areas to that effort. This report outlines the policy components providing high leverage for K-12 education system reformÑstandards and curriculum, assessment and accountability, governance, professional development, higher education, finance, cross-agency collaboration, and diversity/choice optionsÑand provides examples of each states' progress in these areas. Five key strategies for coordinating and sustaining policy change are summarized. Contact information for reform organizations is also provided.

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