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Beyond Standards

The Fragmentation of Education Governance and the Promise of Curriculum Reform

Morgan Polikoff (author)

ISBN: 9781682536117

Publication Date: Jun 2021

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Highlights the structural conditions that have undermined the success of the standards movement and challenges us to confront them. The book offers an impassioned argument about the ways that our decentralized educational systems undermine the pursuit of educational equity and excellence.
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Beyond Standards highlights the structural conditions that have undermined the success of the standards movement and challenges us to confront them. The book offers an impassioned argument about the ways that our decentralized educational systems undermine the pursuit of educational equity and excellence.

Morgan Polikoff applies a wide array of quantitative and qualitative data to provide a pointed critique of the US educational system. He addresses why standards have failed, whether standards-based reform can be salvaged, and what we can do to improve teaching and learning at scale across America's 13,000 school districts.

Polikoff argues that no amount of tinkering can fix standards. Rather, we need to tackle the big, structural issues, such as decentralization. The author identifies curriculum reform as a high-leverage strategy for making meaningful progress at scale and emphasizes that states need to play a greater role in evaluating and recommending high-quality curriculum materials.

Beyond Standards proposes a new, progressive vision that emphasizes the central role of states in challenging the antiquated, segregating structures that have thwarted educational improvement.
Pages 232
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jun 2021
Publisher Harvard Education Press
Subject/s Education  
Morgan Polikoff is an associate professor of education at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education.

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