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

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  • Fuhrman, S. H. (1994). Challenges in systemic education reform (CPRE Policy Brief, RB-14-9/94). New Brunswick, NJ: Consortium for Policy Research in Education.

Systemic reform, or standards-based reform, is prevalent in this country. In this Policy Brief, Fuhrman examines the challenges facing policymakers and educators as they implement new policies, and describes strategies being used by the states to address these challenges. The difficulties in accomplishing the reform agenda include an overwhelming workload as states make changes across a broad range of policy areas; limited resources in both money and people; sequencing difficulties as different elements of the reform run on different schedules; articulation of the nature and intent of the reform; development of appropriate incentives, professional development opportunities, accountability systems, and plans for scaling up; strategies for addressing equity issues; and lack of leadership. Fuhrman uses specific examples from the states to illustrate ways that these issues are being addressed.

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