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Volume 25, Issue 4 (1996)

A National Perspective of School Psychology in the Context of School Reform

pp. 507—511

Explosive changes in social, demographic, economic, and ideological factors in America require public education to respond with its own change, in order to assure a competent citizenry for the 21st century. The National Education Goals Report (National Education Goals Panel, 1992) noted that 90% of Americans “rate a world class education system as critical to the nation’s future” (p. ix), yet our schools do not begin to approach world-class levels. The report went on to state that, “We can no longer afford this gap between belief and action.” Since 1990 education reform has been a newsworthy topic and the news, too frequently, has been negative. Most recently a report from the Economic Policy Institute noted that general education costs have risen at least 24% from 1967 to 1991 but that outcomes remain the same or are only slightly improved (Rothstein & Hawley Miles, 1996).

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