Education Policy Perils provides educators and those interested in the future of public education with research-based and practical analyses of some of the foremost issues facing public schools today. The collection, written by experienced scholar-practitioners, offers insights that include nuanced descriptions of various challenges facing educators and recommendations for overcoming them with an eye toward more successful policy and better implementation. The authors apply their expertise to a range of issues from international testing to policy challenges related to curriculum on the state and national levels. This volume positions ongoing debates within the wider context of an education landscape struggling to displace junk-science ideology with empirical research. The scope and sequence combined with the expertise of the contributors make this volume a vital resource for educators at all levels during a pivotal time of major changes in education policy.
About the Author
Christopher H. Tienken is Associate Professor of Education Administration at Seton Hall University, USA.
Carol A. Mullen is Professor of Educational Leadership at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA.
Table of Contents
Fenwick W. English
Christopher H. Tienken and Carol A. Mullen
Part I: Education Leadership in the Current Policy Environment
1. The Rhetoric and Reality of School Reform: Choice, Competition, and Organizational Incentives in Market-Oriented Education
Christopher Lubienski and P.S. Myers
2. Corporate Networks and Their Grip on the Public School Sector and Education Policy
Carol A. Mullen
3. Leading in a Socially Just Manner: Preparing Principals with a Policy Perspective
Mariela A. Rodríguez
Part II: Curriculum and Assessment Policy Perils
4. Customized Curriculum and High Achievement in High-Poverty Schools
Tom Tramaglini and Christopher H. Tienken
5. OECD, PISA, and Globalization: The Influence of the International Assessment Regime
6. High School Mathematics in Texas: Freedom and Shackles
7. Standardized Test Results Can Be Predicted, So Stop Using Them to Drive Education Policymaking
Christopher H. Tienken
Editors and Contributors