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.