What is the Corporate Education Reform Model?
The Corporate Education Reform Model seeks to apply free market and corporate business practices to reform public education, and to transform public education into a subsidized entrepreneurial sector of the economy.
Corporate Education Reformers tout programs claiming such miracles as “closing the achievement gap”, while offering unverified results using unreliable data. In the name of improving schools, Reformers promote practices such as allowing private partnerships to manage school districts, and using student test scores to justify school closures, as well as to determine teacher effectiveness and pay. In practice, these programs concentrate resources in more affluent communities, bolster the gentrification of urban neighborhoods, reinforce the legacies of segregation and high concentrations of poverty in African American and Hispanic communities, and destroy the bedrock of local democratic institutions.
What Does the Reform Model Look Like?
Though pushed forward by federal programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, the corporate reform agenda has proven at best ineffective, and in many cases disastrous to student outcomes across the nation. The reality of these programs is one that defunds public education and narrows the scope of instruction to rote test prep. And though reformers point to state test scores as proof that these models are working, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP scores for Dallas schools show a steady decline in math and reading readiness since the implementation of these corporate education reform programs in 2012.