This supplemental text for educational policy, administration, and program evaluation courses provides a framework for examining the following crucial questions. To what extent have state and federal initiated policies actually been implemented during the past 25 years? and To what degree does implementation lead to effectiveness? At a time when critical understanding of the issues is essential for good decision making, this volume provides a valuable tool for teachers, students, and makers of educational policy.
Allan R. Odden is Professor of Education, Director of the Center for Research in Education Finance, and Director of Policy Analysis for California Education at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles.
"In contrast to many books of readings, this one provides a comprehensive overview and synthesis of the major studies conducted on its topic over the past quarter-century. It contains several classic studies, various important new reports, and some interesting recent perspectives as well. Odden has carefully selected and arranged the contributions, providing a valuable historical presentation of policy implementation. It is a landmark publication in the field and will become the key, comprehensive text on the topic. " — Richard M. Brandt, University of Virginia