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Opportunity for All

A Framework for Quality and Equality in Education

Jennifer A. O'Day (author) Marshall S. Smith (author)

ISBN: 9781682533635

Publication Date: Aug 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Drawing on decades of research, policy, and practice, Jennifer O'Day and Marshall Smith show how strategies for pursuing educational quality and equal outcomes for all students can be linked, presenting an ambitious idea of the future of American education and a comprehensive theory of change for enacting that vision.
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Drawing on decades of research, policy, and practice, Jennifer A. O'Day and Marshall S. Smith show how strategies for pursuing educational quality and equal outcomes for all students can be linked, presenting an ambitious idea of the future of American education and a comprehensive theory of change for enacting that vision.

The authors argue that systemic causes require systemic solutions. Analyzing the failures of past efforts to address and remedy systemic inequality, O'Day and Smith maintain that our current standards-based policy framework needs to be connected to a continuous improvement approach to build on and scale up successes and to address gaps in outcomes. They emphasize the value of focusing on a small set of high-leverage issues that are particularly salient for underserved students, and they call for deeper coordination between schools and community-based organizations to mobilize a coherent response to in-school and out-of-school inequities.

The authors outline a change strategy that incorporates a balance of pressure and support from three sources: government and administrative policy, professional accountability and networking, and collective engagement of parents and other stakeholders. The authors combine discussion of research with examples of promising practices and progress in school systems across the country, and offer opportunities for readers to begin and sustain improvement efforts.
Pages 296
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2019
Publisher Harvard Education Press
Subject/s Education  
Jennifer O'Day is an institute fellow at the American Institutes for Research.

Marshall S. Smith is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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