Progress Varies for Education Reform Activities Promoted by the Recovery Act Notes New Westat Co-Authored Report


Westat researchers have co-authored a report that charts the progress of education reform promoted by the Recovery Act. The report revealed that the status and progress of activities varied by reform area and level (state, district, or school).

  • At the state and school levels, reform implementation increased in multiple areas.
  • At the district level, only one reform area showed increased activity.
  • At all levels, implementation challenges related to educator evaluation and compensation were common.

The report, State, District, and School Implementation of Reforms Promoted Under the Recovery Act: 2009-10 through 2011-12, provides a snapshot of education reform implementation in

  • State content standards and assessments
  • Data systems
  • Educator workforce development
  • Improvement of low-performing schools in the 2011-12 school year

The report also measures implementation progress since Recovery Act funds were first available and outlines challenges with implementation.

The research was based on surveys completed by all 50 state education agencies and nationally representative samples of school districts and schools during spring 2011 and spring 2012. The Institute of Education Sciences, of the U.S. Department of Education, sponsored the research.