Historical Events That Shape Modern Public Education

Timeline created by lauralammi
  • Smith-Hughes Act 1917

    Smith-Hughes Act 1917
    Federal legislation continued to provide funds to support vocational education in public schools (Kaplan, 156). This led to different shop classes like woodshop​ and welding being offered in public schools.
  • Cardinal Principals Report of 1918

    Cardinal Principals Report of 1918
    Established a blueprint for the modern-day comprehensive high school. It also allowed students to follow their own academic interests (Kaplan, 142).
  • Brown vs board of education

    Brown vs board of education
    Stated that “separate but equal” was “inherently unequal” (Kaplan, 151) and led to schools being desegregated. Although this didn’t happen immediately after the ruling, it led to desegregation happening later on.
  • No Child Left Behind

    No Child Left Behind
    Led to standardized testing being used in schools as a way to measure progress made from year to year. Standardized tests are a major part of modern education.
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
    Federal funding went to improving teacher and principal effectiveness and help in the turning around of underperforming schools (Kaplan, 166). Helped improve the programs in schools.