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BENCHMARKS OF REFORM

The past twenty-five years have been a turbulent period of change in American education. In 1983 a report title A Nation at Risk delivered the alarming message that American schools and were failing, particularly compared to schools in other advanced European countries and developing countries in Asia. This report and others like it triggered a school reform movement.

Major events mark the changes that have taken place in our education system since then. In this section we provide a timeline of these events, such as the first education summit of the National Governorís Association in 1989 and the development of the Comprehensive School Reform Program in 1997. We also have two noted education experts, Warren Simmons of the Annenberg Institute of School Reform and Michael Casserly from Council of the Great City Schools, who explain the significance of these events and how they shaped the current school reform movement.


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