Failing Grades : The Federal Politics of Education Standards
In the past fifteen years, presidents from two parties, supported by parents, teachers, and civic leaders have tried - and generally failed - to increase student achievement through federal policymaking. Supposedly pathbreaking legislation to ""leave no child behind"" has hardly made a dent in the problem. What is going on? Kevin R. Kosar delves into the political maneuvering behind the crafting of federal education standards. Drawing on a wealth of evidence, Kosar makes a strong case for vigorous federal action to raise standards. Then, turning to the ""real world"" of Washington, he shows how politics has thwarted smart policy - and how we are left with the present milquetoast reforms, which talk tough but deliver little. He concludes with sober proposals for education policies that, while not aiming at perfection, have a chance of surviving political attacks from both the right and the left.
- Hardback | 260 pages
- 157.5 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 476.28g
- 31 Aug 2005
- Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
- Boulder, CO, United States
Table of contents
Introduction; Student Achievement: A Rising Tide of Mediocrity? The Case for Federal Policy to Raise Education Standards; Education Policy and Politics Before 1983; The Politics of Goals 2000; Title I and Voluntary National Tests; No Child Left Behind Act; Improving Federal Standards Policy.
"In this timely and comprehensive assessment, Kosar cogently argues for a more activist federal role in education." - Kenneth K. Wong, Vanderbilt University; "Well-written, accessible...and likely to be controversial." - Kathryn A. McDermott, University of Massachusetts"