Renewing America's Progress: A Positive Solution to School Reform

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Results: Learning, Confidence, and Morale
This chapter presents a summary of research results documenting performance improvements. Descriptions of background and performance in each of the ten research districts are summarized briefly. These districts include a representative sample of upscale and middle-class suburbs, as well as urban communities and rural areas. Their achievement -- 37 percent more learning, plus more parent/teacher satisfaction, board confidence, teamwork, accountability, and cost-effectiveness -- is indicative of the improvements that American schools could make if the board policies, management plans, and performance measures described in this book were more widely applied.Like the four-minute mile, or statistics on aging or running, historical standards of school performance have undershot human capability. Pilot districts in our research on school performance and management have achieved positive and important results:
• Three years of learning are being added to eight years of school.
• Even greater improvements are being achieved in urban communities.
• Teachers do make a difference.

These findings have obvious importance for civil rights, economic competitiveness, and urban renewal. This is the foundation we need for America's future progress and success, to be competitive in the world economy, and to realize equal opportunity for all our citizens.

These three common assumptions are slowing America's progress:

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