A Nation at Risk

Education Letter to the Editor The Flawed Diagnosis of 'A Nation at Risk'
To the Editor:
Thomas Toch's call in his April 23 Commentary for turning attention back to "A Nation At Risk" diagnosis 35 years ago fails to reflect the fact that the data in that report have long since been proved to be wrong ("When It Comes to Public Education, the Nation Is Still at Risk"). And, that the approach—more requirements and much more testing and sanctions—was pursued for more than three decades with little success and a great deal of damage, especially to schools serving the students most in need of help.
May 8, 2018
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School & District Management Opinion A Nation at Risk Was Fake News
Marc Tucker explores how A Nation at Risk ushered in a damaging era of profound distrust in professional educators based on a false narrative of the decline of American education.
Marc Tucker, May 2, 2018
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Federal Event to Explore American Education 35 Years After 'A Nation at Risk'
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute has an event on April 12 in Washington, D.C., that will explore where American education stands 35 years after the landmark report.
Alyson Klein, March 30, 2018
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Education Opinion Our Nation May STILL Be 'At Risk'
More than 30 years later we may still be A Nation At Risk but for many different reasons.
Peter DeWitt, January 6, 2015
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President George H.W. Bush, U.S. Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos, center, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, right, and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, behind right, arrive for ceremonies concluding Mr. Bush’s 1989 education summit with state governors in Charlottesville, Va.
President George H.W. Bush, U.S. Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos, center, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, right, and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, behind right, arrive for ceremonies concluding Mr. Bush’s 1989 education summit with state governors in Charlottesville, Va.
--Doug Mills/AP-File
Standards Historic Summit Fueled Push for K-12 Standards
Aftershocks continue from the 1989 meeting in Charlottesville, Va., where the White House and the nation's governors took an aggressive turn toward standards-based accountability in public education.
Alyson Klein, September 23, 2014
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School & District Management A Look Back at 'A Nation at Risk' Report
Thirty years after "A Nation at Risk" was published, Education Week revisits the groundbreaking report.
Michele Molnar, April 26, 2013
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Federal Opinion A Nation at Risk: Where Are We Now?
Education Week Commentary editors look at academic, demographic, and other trends since the landmark report was released 30 years ago.
April 23, 2013
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Federal Opinion Gaps Persist 30 Years After a Wake-Up Call
A Nation at Risk demanded that we all rethink our assumptions about what shapes human potential, who gains access to the best in American education, and how we measure success.
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, April 23, 2013
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Federal Opinion Putting Emphasis on Teacher Quality
Teacher observations have also become more thorough and meaningful in most states than they used to be.
Laura Goe, April 23, 2013
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Federal Opinion Doubling Down on Testing Is a Failed Wager
Teachers need to proactively defend their profession and resist efforts by alternative certification organizations to minimize their practice.
Luis Huerta, April 23, 2013
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Federal Opinion Three Decades of Lies
A Nation at Risk had us losing the political and economic races to the Soviet Union and Japan. Did we? No!
David C. Berliner, April 23, 2013
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Federal Opinion We've Made Progress, But There's More to Do
We now judge states, districts, and schools, and, increasingly, those who work in them, not by their resources, qualifications, and intentions but by their effectiveness.
Chester E. Finn Jr., April 23, 2013
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Federal Opinion A Nation at Risk: 30 Years Later
This special collection, and a new blog that accompanies it, examines the legacy of the landmark report.
April 23, 2013
Education Letter to the Editor Criticism, and Some Praise, of A Nation at Risk Coverage
To the Editor:
Clearly the public schools have failed. Your April 22, 2009, issue contains the second installment of articles this year recounting the 25th anniversary of A Nation at Risk, which told us so. A Nation at Risk appeared in 1983. This is 2009. Unless I was mistaught, or Education Week is using something different than the usual base-10 system, that’s 26 years, not 25.
May 11, 2009
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