Mandating Academic Excellence: High School Responses to State Curriculum Reform

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807732632
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: Sociology of Education Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
From the Series Editor
Foreword by
Foreword
1 Introduction 1
2 The Role of the States in the Reform Movement of the 1980s 28
Increased Graduation Requirements as One State Initiative
Research on High School Graduation Requirements
Research on Tracking
3 Where's the Action? Students, Teachers, and the Curriculum 54
Are Students Earning More Credits?
Are Students Taking More Academically Rigorous Courses?
Are Students Struggling More With Their Course Work?
Has the Balance of Credits in Different Subject Areas Changed?
The Requirements' Overall Influence
Curricular Change: Teachers' Views
4 Who's Winning? Tracks, Tracking Systems, and Access T0 Resources 76
Opportunities and Constraints: Students' Voices
Tracks as Characterized by Course-Taking Patterns
Effects on the Tracking System: Teachers' Views
5 Who's Losing? Students and Teachers at Risk 100
Dropouts
Students at Risk: Transcript Profiles
Teachers and Departments at Risk
6 Who's in Control? Key Actors and Their Influence on Policy Implementation 136
State Staff Perspectives
District Administrators' Perspectives
School Administrators' Perspectives
Counselors' Roles in Shaping High School Pathways
7 What's the Bottom Line? Policy Intentions and the Perceptions of Effects 161
Policy Intentions
School-Level Perceptions of Policy Effects
Consumer Perceptions of Effects
8 Educational Reform: Retrospect and Prospect 182
The First Wave of Reform: Much Ado About Nothing?
Educational Reform in the 1990s
Challenges for Education in the 19905
A Framework for Reform
Appendix A: Research Methods 205
Appendix B: Tables of Sample Sizes 227
Notes 233
References 235
Index 245
About the Authors 253
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