Thursday, February 23, 2017

Brian Jacob’s Brookings piece covered by several news sources

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Brian Jacob published a piece in the Brookings series Evidence Speaks titled, "How the U.S. Department of Education can foster education reform in the era of Trump and ESSA." Professor Jacob describes Michigan's disappointing performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

"The current administration has vowed to leave education matters up to the states, continuing a movement started with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which dramatically limited the federal government’s role in school accountability," writes Jacob. While Jacob notes that greater local control produces some benefits, he cautions that it also "risks exacerbating the massive disparities in educational performance across states that already exists."

"The Department of Education (DoED) should take steps to highlight these disparities by identifying the lowest performing states and providing information on the status and progress of all states on a variety of educational metrics," argues Jacob. He adds that the DoED might also "provide modest funding and technical assistance to help demographically similar states work together to improve their public education systems."

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Brian Jacob is Professor, School of Education; Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Professor, Department of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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