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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Nov 16, 2005 by Teacher Education
Overview: This site provides a collection of articles and article summaries dealing with
School Choice and Charter Schools; Minorities, Women, and Education; Testing,
International Comparisons & Curriculum; Federal Funding & Programs; State &
Local Programs; Teachers & Teachers Unions; Public Education Issues; HS Debate
Hotline - Federal Education Policy; and Higher Education. It is sponsored by
the
National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public
policy research organization, established in 1983. The NCPA's goal is to
develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control,
solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial
private sector. Topics include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security,
welfare, criminal justice, education and environmental regulation. This site is
the Education section of the larger website.
Learning Goals: The National Center for Policy Analysis mission is to seek innovative
private-sector solutions to public policy problems. The site can be used to
provide students with different viewpoints on controversial topics.
Target Student Population: Advanced High School, College, Graduate school, and Professionals
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material: Reference
Recommended Uses: None are mentioned on the site. The analysis articles would be useful for high
school debates and college level education courses.
Technical Requirements:

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The site is a ready reference for students researching current issues in
education. Newer articles can be found by clicking the "New" tab at the top of
the page.
Concerns: Although the articles are provocative and interesting, many are written several
years ago. While the site purports to be neutral, not all of the articles
provide a balanced response to each issue. There are sections in which both
pros and cons are carefully listed, however.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The topics presented on the site regarding education have the potential to make
students think about what is happening in education today. They all make good
discussion starters. The site could be used effectively to get students to look
at educational issues. The articles are brief analyses for the most part.
Concerns: Because of the brevity of the articles, students may not see that hte issues are
as complex as they actually are.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Very easy to access the articles and print them out.
Concerns: Users must read through a list of articles under each topic in order to find the
material they wish to use.

Other Issues and Comments: