Special Resource Material Developed by the Center

Title: Synthesis and Analysis of Recommendations to Congress for ESEA reauthorization from the Perspective of Addressing Barriers to Learning & Teaching

Description: In previous analyses, we documented that current school improvement efforts are primarily shaped by a two-component blueprint, and we stressed the need for a paradigm shift to a three-component framework. Using the three component blueprint, we highlighted systemic deficits in prevailing policies for turning around, transforming, and continuously improving schools. In this report, we use the three-component framework to categorize and synthesize major recommendations to Congress for the ESEA reauthorization and briefly analyze them from the perspective of the third component.

The analysis illuminates fundamental gaps in the prevailing recommendations. In particular, we stress what?s missing with respect to addressing barriers to learning and teaching and to re-engaging disconnected students. We find that recommendations made by the Obama administration and other stakeholder organizations and leaders attempt to cover all three components but give short shrift to the third component.

Access at:   http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/esearecs.pdf  200 kb; 62pp