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What Teachers Expect in Reform : Making Their Voices Heard - Penny Ann Armstrong

What Teachers Expect in Reform

Making Their Voices Heard

Paperback Published: 13th November 2007
ISBN: 9781578867202
Number Of Pages: 157

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Education reform and policy making have captured the attention of the American public. In a highly politicized agenda, federal and state improvement plans have become touted national education platforms with stiff penalties for schools and teachers who don't 'make the grade'. A system of controls is in place that has revolutionized how we organize, present, and evaluate education. Test-driven curriculum reflects new standards of what will be taught and assessed at each grade level. Through all of this, classroom teachers have been identified as the reason for our failing schools and the focus for improved school performance. Between 1998 and 2006, Penny Ann Armstrong interviewed over 300 classroom teachers and administrators in Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Texas about the effects of the national reform initiatives in their schools. This book tells their stories. Their narratives are candid, often impassioned, and many times troubling. They describe what is really happening as they work to accommodate federal reform policy. These teachers describe reform efforts that may be well-intentioned but have resulted in serious and far-reaching consequences. They feel they have been robbed of their professional authority in their classrooms and they feel many of the changes they are required to assimilate are limiting their opportunities to teach and compromising learning for students. This book brings the reader into the classroom to see from the teachers' perspective what is really happening in our schools today and why the current reform efforts cannot succeed.

Dr. Armstrong shares an honest and realistic picture of educational reform in this study. In construction, the strongest figure to build with is a triangle because the three sides rarely bend or falter. She describes educational reform much like an obtuse triangle with the teacher as the shortest side. Dr. Armstrong provides a convincing argument for creating an equilateral triangle with teachers, school districts, and states all having an equal say as to how and when to assess the progress of students in school.--Sharon Clute, curriculum director, Londonderry School District (NH)

Reader's Notep. vii
The History and Evolution of Education Reform
Education Reform: Classroom Teachers on the Outside Looking Inp. 3
A Brief History of Education Reformp. 13
The Impact of Reform Policies on Teaching and Learning
Teaching for Improved Student Achievementp. 27
State Tests and Their Power in the Classroomp. 49
Changes in Teachers' Perceptions About Their Profession and Their Responsibilities
Teachers and Their Studentsp. 73
Defining, Training, and Keeping High-Quality Teachersp. 87
The Wall of Silencep. 105
The Future of Reform: Promises That Can Be Kept
Classroom Teachers and the Future of Reformp. 125
Referencesp. 145
About the Authorp. 157
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ISBN: 9781578867202
ISBN-10: 1578867207
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 157
Published: 13th November 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.68 x 15.67  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.25