Study Questions

  1. Why is education important to the United States and what has been the government’s role in both higher education and K–12? How is this role changing?
  2. How are K–12 schools funded, and how effective are K–12 schools in the United States? Describe trends.
  3. What policies has the federal government enacted to address quality concerns in the U.S. K–12 system? Describe the ESEA, NCLB, and National Assessment of School Progress. Explain the proposals to reform education.
  4. How is higher education funded, and what are the major issues in higher education? What approaches has the government used to address higher education costs?
  5. Discuss the policy criteria of equity, effectiveness, and efficiency with regard to education in the United States at all levels.