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A National Perspective

A national perspective

School reform cynics have often referenced the lack of meaningful change in classroom instructional practices despite substantial federal (e.g., NCLB, IDEA, ESEA) support and increases in state funding over the years. The primary source of federal K-12 support first began in 1965 with the enactment of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Yet, what meaningful impact has this funding made on teaching and learning over the years?

The erratic nature of educational reform, especially at the secondary level, has too frequently been criticized in scholarly books, educational journals, and blog posts, and it has served as the unfortunate punch line for popular jokes (e.g., If you were in a time capsule and went back in time 100 years, where ...

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