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Reform at Five

The Unfinished Agenda

The following stories marked the five-year anniversary of National Commission on Excellence in Education’s landmark Nation at Risk report.

Education The Movement: Not Policy's Engine, but It's 'on the Train'
The renewed emphasis on school-finance issues has begun to revitalize a research community whose interest in, and funding for, the topic had waned.
Nancy Mathis, April 26, 1989
10 min read
Education Joining Forces: States and Communities Experiment With Child-Services Links
According to a survey conducted last spring by the National Association of State Boards of Education, most states have put in place some mechanism to foster agency collaboration on issues affecting children and families.
Deborah L. Cohen, March 15, 1989
9 min read
Education The 'Restructuring' Puzzle
As educational "excellence" was the buzzword of the early 1980's, school "restructuring" has quickly become the rallying cry of the current round of education reform.
Lynn Olson, November 2, 1988
22 min read
Education 'Self-Interest and the Common Weal': Focusing on The Bottom Half
What is ironic, on this fifth anniversary of its release, is not that A Nation At Risk failed to instill its sense of urgency--virtually every state has acted to impose its recommended higher standards--but that a message implicit in its international comparisons has been, until recently, all but ignored.
M. Sandra Reeves, April 27, 1988
33 min read
Education Inside 'A Nation at Risk': A View from the Cutting-Room Floor
Five years ago, A Nation at Risk shattered complacency about the state of American education with its grim message about mediocrity in the schools.
Lynn Olson, April 27, 1988
16 min read
Education Reports on U.S. Reform Since 'A Nation at Risk'
Following is a list of major reports on educational reform in the United States that have been published since the report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, released five years ago this week.
April 27, 1988
3 min read