Education politics and policy: Emerging institutions, interests, and ideas

Sarah Galey*

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The article reviews the most recent research on K-12 education policy and politics in the United States. I begin by exploring current reform trends and emerging institutional arrangements governing contemporary U.S. school systems in relation to patterns of increasing federal and state involvement in educational policy arenas. I then examine and synthesize studies from four key areas of educational policy research-accountability and teacher evaluation, market-based reforms, educational research utilization, and local and state capacity building. I conclude with an overview of gaps in the literature and suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-39
Number of pages28
JournalPolicy Studies Journal
Issue numberS1
Early online date27 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2015


  • Accountability
  • Education policy
  • Market-based reforms
  • Politics of education
  • Research use
  • Teacher evaluation


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