A Nation at Risk: 30 Years Later

A Nation at Risk: 30 Years Later For this first installment of the OpEducation blog, we asked five prominent thinkers in education to comment on the following statement about the landmark report, A Nation at Risk.

April 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of A Nation at Risk, the report that signaled an alarm about the state of American public schools. With NAEP scores, high school graduation rates, and public confidence in schools either flatlining or trending downward in the last three decades, what impact, if any has the report had on public education in the United States?

A Nation at Risk demanded that we all rethink our assumptions about what shapes human potential, who gains access to the best in American education, and how we measure success.


Teacher observations have also become more thorough and meaningful in most states than they used to be.


Teachers need to proactively defend their profession and resist efforts by alternative certification organizations to minimize their practice.


A Nation at Risk had us losing the political and economic races to the Soviet Union and Japan. Did we? No!


We now judge states, districts, and schools, and, increasingly, those who work in them, not by their resources, qualifications, and intentions but by their effectiveness.


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