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The Glossary of Education Reform is a work in progress, and it will perhaps always be a work in progress. The landscape of education reform is a vast and complex terrain that will never be fully mapped—the terms, models, debates, variants, nuances, and vagaries are simply too numerous and ever-changing. Incompleteness is inevitable. This resource was created to be useful and practical, not encyclopedic or exhaustive. We want to give journalists, parents, community members, and others the general idea and sufficient context, but then leave the deeper questions and investigations up to them. Still, it is our intent to continue expanding, refining, and improving the resource over time—hopefully, with your assistance.

Using the form below, we welcome your comments and suggestions. If you see an important omission, please send us a recommendation for its inclusion, whether it’s a missing term or an overlooked detail. If you find an error, let us know. While we take full responsibility for any blunders, please know they were unintended and inadvertent. Our goal is to write entries that are as accurate, precise, objective, and impartial as possible, and we will strive to address and publish corrections as quickly as we can.

Before sending us your suggestions, however, we ask that you read and respect the following guidelines. We have a lot of work to get done and not a whole lot of staff and available time, and by honoring these guidelines you will help us use every minute we have more purposefully and productively.

  1. Please refrain from misdirected negativity, cynical contrariness, idle nitpicking, and pedantic rants. Constructive criticism will be read and thoughtfully considered; unconstructive criticism will be deleted.
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