Learning Objectives

  • Describe key education policymakers and how they help shape and implement education policy,
  • Explain why per-pupil spending varies so much,
  • Summarize how educational performance is measured and what those measures say about public school performance,
  • Describe the aims and objectives of the Common Core State Standards and other major education reform movements,
  • Discuss key alternatives to public schools, and
  • Identify key interest groups seeking to influence education policy.