This book analyzes three previous major change efforts, outlines their strengths and limitations, and offers a successful and sustainable fourth way to integrate teacher professionalism, community engagement, government policy, and accountability.

The Three Ways of Change

The three ways of change

The First Way of Innovation and Inconsistency

The Second Way of Markets and Standardization

The Third Way of Performance and Partnership

We are entering an age of post-standardization in education. It may not look, smell, or feel like it, but the augurs of the new age have already arrived and are advancing with increasing speed.

  • Shortly before the 2008 U.S. presidential election, the chair of the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee proclaimed that the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act had “become the most negative brand in America.” Eighty-five percent of surveyed educators agreed the NCLB was not improving schools, and a high-profile commission—including leading superintendents, CEOs, and two former secretaries of education—complained that America's obsession with tested and ...
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