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Highlights of Carnegie Report

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The following are conclusions of "School Reform: Lessons From England," a report of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching:

  • Statehouses and school boards seeking to raise curriculum standards must seek the advice and willing participation of teachers and parents.
  • A carefully crafted curriculum framework can help rather than hinder teachers.
  • New assessment techniques must be piloted and well-funded, as well as supported by various education constituencies. The purpose of tests must be stated with precision.
  • Local management and financial delegation offer schools the flexibility to tailor resources to particular needs.
  • Self-governing schools run the risk of threatening a planned and integrated system of education dedicated to equal access.
  • The quest for greater autonomy within schools must not jeopardize accountability to democratically elected institutions.
  • There are limits to parental choice.
  • Per-capita funding and a competitive market force schools to become rivals striving to gain advantage.
  • Change should be implemented for educational advantage, not political expediency.

Copies of the study are available for $12 each, plus shipping and handling, from California Princeton Fulfillment Services, 1445 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, N.J. 08618; (800) 777-4726 or (609) 883-1759. Bulk-order discounts are available.

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