K-12 in America Since 1981

Thirty years ago Education Week printed its first issue.  Over the years, the periodical has seen many of the ups, downs, stagnations, steps forward and leaps back that the public education system has experienced.  To commemorate this anniversary and remind us all of where we have been and where we are now, Education Week has created an interactive timeline that tells the story of American public education for the last 30 years.

One of the more interesting aspects of the timeline is that it brings into focus how many issues have been carried through the years and never resolved.  Debates over merit pay, teacher shortages in math and sciences, alternative certification programs, and vouchers have been in play since the early- to mid- 1980s.  As blogger Anthony Rebora of Teaching Now observes, “As you’ll see, the more things change…”

To view the timeline, please visit http://www.edweek.org/ew/collections/30-years/timeline.html?cmp=clp-edweek