Breaking Through to High Performance: The ECS Education Agenda for 1999 and Beyond.Report as inadecuate

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Changes in public education are well under way, with a shift from emphasis on resources and processes to an emphasis on results, from reliance on anecdote to demands for evidence, from rules for compliance to expectations for performance. There is also recognition that economic status and quality of life are tied to the level of education attained by each individual. To support the education policy work of state leaders in breaking through to high performance, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) has set its agenda for 1999 and beyond, setting forth three goals: every child in a good school, a good teacher in every classroom, and educational opportunities for every adult throughout their career and lifetime. The ECS priorities are to: (1) promote needed and positive transformation in public postsecondary education systems, with an emphasis on state policy and strategies; (2) promote the scale-up of effective K-12 education reforms; (3) initiate and support efforts to strengthen the connections between K-12 and postsecondary education; (4) promote breakthroughs to high performance in the education system, pre-K through postsecondary. Appended is a list of ECS Policy and Priorities Committee members. (RH)

Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Partnerships in Education, Performance Based Assessment, Postsecondary Education, State Programs, State Standards

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Author: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.


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