Nation At Risk +40: Hoover Institution Launches Research Initiative to Examine Long-Term Effects of School Reform over 40 Years

Today, The 74 is teaming up with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ‘A Nation At Risk’ report. Hoover’s A Nation At Risk +40 research initiative highlights insights and analysis from experts, educators, and policymakers on the broader impact of 40 years of education reform and the changes (or lack thereof) in America’s school system since the groundbreaking 1983 report. In the coming months, we will feature highlights from the initiative (access the full publication here); read below for the complete announcement introducing the project.

In 1983, the release of the groundbreaking A Nation at Risk report sparked a nationwide movement for educational reform. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of this pivotal moment, A Nation at Risk +40 sets out to delve deeper into the reforms that have shaped today’s education landscape. This research initiative aims to draw valuable insights, examine the evidence of reform impact, and provide lessons for education policymakers today.

The series, available for download here, features a range of distinguished authors, each dedicated to exploring critical aspects of school reform. By addressing key questions, they aim to shed light on the approaches taken by education systems nationwide:

  • What types of reforms have been attempted and why?
  • What is the evidence of their impact?
  • What lessons can be learned by today’s education policymakers?

“Education is the foundation of a flourishing society, and over the past four decades, we have witnessed a relentless pursuit of reform to strengthen and fortify our education system. A Nation at Risk +40 illuminates the progress made since the groundbreaking 1983 report, offering invaluable insights and evidence-based practices to tackle today’s challenges,” said Hoover Institution Director Condoleezza Rice. “This research initiative serves as a guiding light, empowering policymakers, educators, and stakeholders to protect the future of American education.”

The authors of A Nation at Risk +40 have conducted extensive research, bringing expertise from various fields, including education, policy, and academia. Their collective efforts result in a diverse range of insights, with the aim of informing and guiding the decisions of education policymakers, educators, and stakeholders.

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with schools across the United States facing unprecedented challenges, A Nation at Risk +40 offers more than just a retrospective analysis. The series also provides relevant and research-driven guidance for navigating the current landscape and developing strategies for a stronger, more resilient education system.

As the nation grapples with the educational impact of the pandemic, A Nation at Risk +40 bears witness to four decades of reform efforts aimed at improving education outcomes. By documenting this journey and distilling its wisdom, the series illuminates a path forward rooted in evidence-based practices and a commitment to safeguarding the future of American education.

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