Commitment and Common Sense tells the inside story of how
Massachusetts became a national model for education. Twelve years
after the passage of the state's comprehensive education reform law
in 1993, Bay State student scores rose to the top of "the nation's
report card" (the National Assessment of Educational Progress) in
fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math-and have stayed there
ever since. How were state leaders able to raise student
achievement to such levels and maintain them? Are there leadership
lessons for others now that the spotlight on improvements in
education has returned to the states under the Every Student
Succeeds Act? David P. Driscoll, the man put in charge of
implementing the Massachusetts Education Reform Act just days after
it was signed, provides answers to both questions in this
provocative insider account of the key events leading up to,
through, and following this pivotal period. This book is full of
lively anecdotes and wisdom born from experience in the trenches of
education politics at local, state, and national levels. Driscoll
offers unique insights for current and future education leaders
interested in learning more about the keys to Massachusetts's
success and understanding of the power of state policy to effect
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