Cutting Through the Hype

Jane David and Larry Cuban examine 20 different school reforms, the pros and cons of each, and what it takes to make the reforms-including smaller classes, mayoral control of schools, and standards-based change-successful.

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Table of Contents
I. Reforming the System
Test-Based Accountability 21
Closing the Achievement Gap 26
Merit Pay For Teachers 34
Giving Schools More Control 43
II. Reforming How Schools Are Organized
Ending Social Promotion 54
Research-Based Best Practices 50
The Class-Size Conundrum 69
Moving From Middle School To K-8 75
III. Reforming Teaching and Learning
Reforming Math Teaching 86
English-Language Learning 91
Redesigning Professional Development 96
High-Tech Classrooms 101

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