TERC Researcher Authors Chapter in Compendium Examining the Obama Administration’s ‘Blueprint for Reform’

November 29, 2010



CAMBRIDGE, MA: Beth Warren, co-director of the Chèche Konnen Center at TERC, has written a chapter in The Obama Education Blueprint: Researchers Examine the Evidence—a recent Information Age publication. In this compendium, educational policy experts from across the country examine, assess, and analyze the research summaries presented in the Obama administration’s recent revisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act entitled ‘A Blueprint for Reform’.

The Blueprint for Reform was issued in March 2010 as a research-driven, public education reform document. If enacted, the Blueprint will influence the curriculum, standards, assessments, and accountability systems of schools throughout the nation as well as determine how and where federal education funds will be targeted.

In her chapter entitled “A Review of A Complete Education”, Warren examines the Obama administration’s research proposal for ensuring all students have access to a comprehensive education. She assesses the arguments and evidence discussed by the administration in four main policy areas—strengthening literacy instruction; strengthening science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction; increasing access to instruction in a wide range of subject matter; and providing new opportunities for accelerated learning. She provides constructive suggestions for augmenting Blueprint guidelines to incorporate a broader base of well-regarded research on effective learning in urban classrooms, and argues for a more ambitious vision of literacy and STEM education in the 21st century than that presented in the Blueprint.

The book, edited by William J. Mathis and Kevin G. Welner, is available for purchase online through Information Age Publishing.