Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Tetyana S. Koshmonova

Second Advisor

Dr. Lynn Nations Johnson

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul Farber


Education, school reform, school improvement, school legislation

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Today America‘s schools are failing to prepare its students to compete in the 21st century knowledge based economy. The work presented in this thesis addresses current and historical educational reform movements in the United States with an emphasis on why American reforms are failing to keep pace with other countries in preparing its new students for the new global economy. As a teacher in a persistently low achieving school the paper is a culmination of course studies, research, and personal experiences with the school improvement process and reform policies. What I discovered is that the current educational reforms in America such as accountability and competition are failing to bring about the whole systems reform needed to raise academic achievement in America‘s schools. American reformers need to begin to focus on initiatives that build capacity, cooperation, and trust among teachers, students, parents, and community members if they are to bring about the whole systems reform necessary to improve America‘s schools and ensure that students receive an education that will allow them to compete in the new global economy.