Recent Articles


Fifty years later: A chance to get ESEA back on track
Joseph Bishop
Looking at the evolution of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) over the last 50 years, this paper argues that many of the racial, social, and economic inequities of 1965 that President Johnson was hoping to address have only been accelerated. It’s not only time for a modern rethink on educational equity, but also a much broader set of metrics for policymakers to consider for...

New accountability in California through local control funding reforms: The promise and the gaps
John T. Affeldt
California is in the midst of the nation’s most significant current overhaul of a state school funding and accountability system. This paper examines the state’s recent reforms enacted through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) against the new accountability framework articulated by Linda Darling-Hammond, Gene Wilhoit, and Linda Pittenger in their August 2014 paper in this publication. ...

California’s first year with local control finance and accountability
David Menefee-Libey, Charles Taylor Kerchner
In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown and the California legislature radically restructured the state’s school funding system and accountability systems with a weighted student formula and a mandated local planning process in each district. The new law substitutes local politics and grassroots agency for state-driven mandates and compliance reviews. While the Local Control Funding Formula has had...

Resource accountability: Enforcing state responsibilities for sufficient and equitable resources used effectively to provide all students a quality education
David G. Sciarra, Molly A. Hunter
Darling-Hammond, Wilhoit, and Pittenger (2014) addressed the need for states to align their accountability systems with new college- and career-ready learning standards. The authors recommended a new accountability paradigm that focuses on 1) meaningful learning, enabled by 2) professionally skilled and committed educators, and supported by 3) adequate and appropriate resources. This paper...

Accountability for Resources and Outcomes: An Introduction
Linda Darling-Hammond, Jon Snyder
This special issue furthers the conversation begun in the August 2014 of edition of Education Policy Analysis Archives in the article Accountability for College and Career Readiness: Developing a New Paradigm by Linda Darling-Hammond, Gene Wilhoit, and Linda Pittenger. That paper posits that as schools across the country take on the challenge of preparing all children for success in...

Healthcare Education in Schools: A Curriculum Proposal Introduced Into Spanish Schools in the Name of Unchecked Development
Aida Terrón Bañuelos
The article analyses the background to healthcare education in the Spanish school system. Spanish foreign policy and the fact that Spain became a member of a number of international organizations, such as the FAO and WHO (in 1951), UNESCO (1953), UN (1955), the International Monetary Fund and World Bank (1958) boosted the modernization of the economic, social and administrative fabric of the...

Called to be Protagonists. Education Policy, Youth Mobilization and Participation of Secondary Education Students. Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009-2014
Marina Larrondo
In this work we seek to analyze the characteristics of the political participation of secondary students in their schools and in social movement organizations. Our empirical findings show that these characteristics were related to recent changes in provincial educational policy, its effects and multiple appropriations from the main characters (administrators, students and activists). We...

Professional Capacity and Accountability: An Introduction
Linda Darling-Hammond, Jon Snyder
T his special issue furthers the conversation begun in the August 2014 of edition of Education Policy Analysis Archives in the article Accountability for College and Career Readiness: Developing a New Paradigm by Linda Darling-Hammond, Gene Wilhoit, and Linda Pittenger. That paper posits that as schools across the country take on the challenge of preparing all children for success...

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