proposed changes to regulations to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Students will write a thorough analysis of an education policy/reform. The purpose of this analysis is to demonstrate your expertise in a policy area of interest to you. The analysis may be based on one of the topics discussed in the readings, or it may be on a topic that we have not touched upon, but one that you would like to explore in more detail. In this analysis, you will be expected to touch on the following points:
a. State clearly and concisely what the policy is and what its goals are – show me that you understand the policy.
This should be a short paragraph, perhaps two at the most
b. Provide background information about the policy (i.e. history of the policy). Here are some questions you may want to address.
When was the policy it implemented?
Why was it implemented?
What problems was the policy trying to solve?
How many states/cities have similar policies?
c. Who are the relevant stakeholders are for this policy?
Do they oppose or support the policy?
d. Explain possible alternatives to the current policy
e. Is the policy meeting its goals? If not, why not?
Here I want you to cite relevant research (go beyond the class readings – I want you to look up reliable sources in the library). For example, if your topic is charter schools, cite research students that have shown that charters are effective (or not effective)
Provide relevant data/facts/figures
You do not have to take a position on the topic, but you may if you choose. However, if you do, limit this discussion in your essay. The purpose of the assignment is not to take a side as it was in assignment #2.
f. What does the future hold for this policy?
g. The paper should be approximately 7-10 pages in length.
h. Your topic may not be the same one you wrote about in Assignment #2
i. Use APA style.
In the first two assignments, many of you consistently made errors when citing sources in your papers. Among the most common errors concerned the use of direct quotations. In general, it is better to summarize and paraphrase information from other sources. Direct quotations can be used, but they should be used sparingly. I found this LINK, which explains the difference well.
As for how to properly cite sources, refer to the APA Style Guide in the syllabus or the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
These guidelines are not intended to be prescriptive, meaning you do not need to formulate your essay exactly as I outlined it. How you address these questions and the order in which you write of about them will vary based on the topic you select.
Late submissions will be penalized.