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PDF | View related video Eric Hanushek: An Evidence-Based World Although testing and accountability were contentious issues in the past, the school system of 2030 relies heavily on data.Schools, teachers, and parents all see better data as leading to improved schools.
Courts and collective bargaining agreements will also gain in influence.
Meanwhile, high school graduation rates will fall, and learning will stagnate.
And higher achievement leads to better lives for children-and to a better nation. Evers: Standards and Competitive Rigor In 2030, Americans benefit from K-12 academics that are rigorous, but not stultifyingly uniform.
This pluralism emerged in the aftermath of President Obama's ill-fated project of creating a monolithic, inflexible set of national standards.
This change reflects the development of better and broader tests and a movement to evaluations based on learning gains by all students.
The movement to better uses of information has led to raised student achievement, although U. students still lag the best international students. West: A New Education Federalism The federal government in 2030 foots more of the total bill for public education than ever before.This essay argues that those place unreasonable cognitive demands on teachers and pose a formidable problem in American education. Chubb: Equality and Technology The achievement gap is not quite a thing of the past in 2030.But African American students are now achieving at levels approaching those of white students in the late twentieth century.The set concludes with a recap by Chester Finn of what actually changed in American education from 1990 to 2010: evidence of what's possible during the next two decades.Paul Peterson: Only if Past Trends Persist Is the Future Dismal Simple extrapolations of current trends suggest that public education costs will rise sharply, pupil-teacher ratios will fall, and control over the education system will shift from families and localities to higher levels of government.Fortunately, those trends will be disrupted by an enormous rate of change in curriculum design and information dissemination made possible by technological innovation. Whitehurst: Curriculum Then and Now In 2030 curriculum is at the fore of education rather than serving as it did 20 years ago in the shadow of reform efforts involving teacher performance, choice, standards and accountability, and school governance.Students engage with curriculum in web-based environments that include virtual social agents.Readers should note, however, that each essay is complete unto itself; they were not written to yield a single coherent model in which all the pieces fit neatly together.Several cover overlapping territory (e.g., technology, which is apt to pervade our future), and others yield differing predictions about the same phenomenon (e.g., national standards and testing).The curriculum and its delivery are the products of the field of cognitive technology that marries cognitive science with powerful information technologies.The power of curriculum means that differences among schools and teachers are no longer important determinants of learning outcomes for students. Willingham: Classroom Teaching in 2030 It seems self-evident that we can improve schooling if we tune education to the students' minds. Teachers are expected to write curricula, write lesson plans, cope with enormous student diversity, and improve their teaching although they are given no opportunity to practice.