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Introduction (From the Capitol to the Classroom)


by Susan H. Fuhrman — 2001

From the Capitol to the Classroom is about standards-based reform, which, in the 1990s, became the predominant policy approach of states and localities throughout the United States. After ten years or so of such reforms, it is time to look at results. While some evidence is emerging about student learning, since the reforms are still evolving and are in various stages of implementation, no overall verdict can be rendered. However, it is quite appropriate and not too early to ask whether classroom practice, which must change in order to produce increases in student learning, is improving in ways encouraged by reforms. This book focuses primarily on how schools and teachers are responding to standards policies.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 100, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 8, 2001, p. 1-12
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18683, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 5:45:12 AM

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  • Susan Fuhrman
    University of Pennsylvania
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    SUSAN H. FUHRMAN is Dean, and the George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. She also is chair of the management committee of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education.
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