CROSS CUTTING ISSUES
Alignment, coherence, coordination and similar words refer to a
desire to make education at all levels work as one "seamless" system.
As stated in P-16: The Next Great Education Reform (second entry
below), "History and tradition have left us with a dysfunctional,
disconnected American education system that lengthens the odds of
success for the very students most in need of support and
Alignment suggests that assessment, curriculum, instruction,
educational materials, teacher preparation and accountability systems
all need to be interrelated - and to "reflect and reinforce the
educational program's objectives and standards." (EdSource
"P-16," the idea of an integrated system from preschool through
college, is much discussed. As the Working Group on Workforce
Preparation and Business Linkages points out, however, linkages and
information flows between schools and potential employers are also
Alignment is related to many of the topics in the Master Plan;
the links below lead to pages on this site that give more information
in selected areas.
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for the online dialogue but is not included in the preceding
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