Working Group on K-12 Education
Intensification of federal and state involvement in K-12 education has brought only incremental improvement to student outcomes, at best, while transforming the political landscape around education with new players now guiding much education policymaking. Today, education policy questions of great import confront us: Should No Child Left Behind be continued, and if so, in what form? Is the Common Core movement good for education in the United States? Should “parent trigger” laws be expanded, or eliminated? What are the best methods for strengthening schools?
Since researchers have too often been on the sidelines in education policy discussions, the primary goal of this working group is to bring SSN members working on the topic of K-12 education together, in order to provide research-based information to the individuals in government, media, and private sector who have greatest influence on education policymaking. A secondary objective is to promote useful conversations among SSN members who are studying education politics and policymaking from a variety of disciplines (education, political science, sociology, economics, and so forth), which too frequently co-exist without collaboration.