How has the Implementation of Education Reform in the last 30 Years Affected the Quality of Education and Student outcomes?

This paper explores educational reform through the lens of the New Public Management movement. It examines No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Race to the Top, and the common core standards, as well as the proliferation of choices such as charter schools and voucher systems to see how they have affected the quality of education and student outcomes in the Los Angeles Unified School district, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This paper also explores how the student experience can be improved so that school can become a place to explore inner talents and develop them further.