Interactive Timeline

  • Education in the Colonial Period

    1600's-1700's, apprenticeship, dame schools, tutoring
  • The Impact of Jefferson, Rush, & Webster

    1779, addressed the issue of schooling
  • Common Schools

    A common school was a public school in the United States during the nineteenth century. Horace Mann (1796-1859) was a strong advocate for public education and the common school. In 1837, the state of Massachusetts appointed Mann as the first secretary of the State Board of Education [1] where he began a revival of common school education, the effects of which extended throughout America during the 19th century
  • The Impact of Horace Mann

    n 1838, he founded a biweekly journal called the Common School Journal. Normal Schools
  • The Committee of Ten

    The Committee of Ten was a working group of educators that, in 1892, recommended the standardization of American high school curriculum.
  • The Progressive Reform Movement

    he Progressive Era (1890 - 1920) Progressivism is the term applied to a variety of responses to the economic and social problems rapid industrialization introduced to America. Progressivism began as a social movement and grew into a political movement.
  • The Impact of John Dewey

    Dewey is probably most famous for his role in what is called progressive education. Progressive education is essentially a view of education that emphasizes the need to learn by doing. Dewey believed that human beings learn through a 'hands on' approach. This places Dewey in the educational philosophy of pragmatism. Child Centered, Interdisciplinary
  • Brown vs. Board of Education, 1954

    the racial segregation of children in public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • Sputnik and NDEA, 1957-58

    e National Defense Education Act of 1958 became one of the most successful legislative initiatives in higher education.
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 1965

    On April 9, 1965 Congress enacted the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 the most expansive federal education bill ever passed. It is significant to note the bill was enacted less than three months after it was introduced, as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's “War on Poverty.”
  • Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, 1975

    IDEA was originally enacted by Congress in 1975 to ensure that children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education, just like other children.
  • A Nation at Risk Report, 1983

    regardless of race or class or economic status, are entitled to a fair chance and to the tools for developing their individual powers of mind and spirit to the utmost
  • The Standards Movement

    1989 in Charlottesville, Virginia, to make the schools of the United States into world-class institutions, competitive with the best schools among industrialized countries.
  • Growth of Standardized Testing

  • No Child Left Behind, 2001

    focused on student achievement gaps by providing all children with a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.