ESEA Revisions to Art Education


Research Paper. Assignment and Rubric


Research Paper. Assignment

This assignment is to write a research paper discussing and analyzing some aspect of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and its numerous revisions and reauthorizations. This the major federal legislation regarding education and affects school funding, standards and requirements, and educational goals and objectives. Before proceeding further, you are encouraged to read “A Brief History of ESEA” available on Blackboard under Additional Course Resources.




Before proceeding to selecting a topic, you should become familiar with the history and scope of federal involvement in education. There are many sources of information, but you may want to begin by reading some of the material in the course reserve (accessible through Blackboard) that are assigned for the course:


Bloomfield, D. C., & Cooper, B. S. (2003). NCLB: A new role for the federal government: An overview of the most sweeping federal education law since 1965. THE Journal (Technological Horizons in Education), 30(10), S6.


Cross, C. (2005). The Evolving Role of the Federal Government in Education. NES Publications.


Labaree, D. F. (1997). Public goods, private goods: The American struggle over educational goals. American Educational Research Journal, 34(1). (39-81).


Resnick, M. A. (2004). Public Education—An American Imperative: Why Public Schools Are Vital to the Well-being of Our Nation. National School Boards Association.


Rury, J. L. (2012). Education and social change: Contours in the history of American schooling. Routledge. “A Nation at Risk”, 215-218.


These readings can be especially helpful to provide an overview of the history, significance and challenges related to the federal role in education.


Structure and Purpose of Research Papers


Typically, research papers have three components:


·         A clear, well developed thesis (or focus) that describes and analyzes a particular point of view that is based on scholarly research and evidence. Keep in mind that having a narrow, well defined topic will contribute significantly to your success. It may be useful to “brainstorm” with your discussion group about selecting a topic.


·         A comprehensive review of data and published research that presents a balanced and objective assessment of issues.


·         A critical appraisal of the research that leads to a well-stated, well-reasoned assessment and conclusion.


If you have not written a research paper before, of if you have limited experience in doing so, you should read “How to Write a Research Paper” available on Blackboard under Additional Course Resources. The website, from which the handout was obtained, has very useful information about writing research papers.


Organization of the Completed Research Paper


Guidelines for Organizing the Research Paper
Component Suggested


Introduction 2 Describe why the issues raised in the case study are important and significant and who is likely to be affected by an analysis of the issues.
Thesis Statement 1 Provide detailed information in a clear and objective narrative that is written in the third person. Provide examples to back up your statements Make sure there are clear transitions. Do not evaluate actions or state your opinions.
Review of Literature 2 Provide an analysis and assessment of what happened, why it happened, and what its impact has been (or will be). State your conclusions in the third person (e.g., the author, the researcher, the case writer).
Critical Appraisal 3 In the final section, you may state your opinions using the first person, but your statements should be based on the evidence and ideas presented in the narrative
Conclusion 1  


Sources Used 1 Include all sources consulted and cited in writing the research paper. All citations must be in standard APA format

Due Date


·         Students are strongly encouraged to submit a draft of the research paper by Mon, Oct 30 so they can receive feedback from the instructor.


·         The completed research paper is due Sun, Nov 12.


Research Paper. Rubric

RUBRIC for Research Paper ( 20 %/20 points)

(4 points)

High Quality

(3  points)


(2.5 points)

Minimally Acceptable

(1.75 points)


(0 to 1 point)

Abstract. Material is comprehensive and clear          
Topic. Topic is relevant and significant, its importance and significance is explained.          
Research. Research is thorough and used effectively to explain/illustrate points made; major issues are explained; citations are properly formatted.          
Analysis & Conclusion. Analysis is thorough and derived from research; conclusions are logical and relevant; arguments are well supported          
Writing Effectiveness. There is a clear narrative flow with effective transitions. Work is free of major errors          


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Educational reforms are important in the country to ensure that the students benefit and become an integral part of the society that is based on following the curriculum. To ensure that the students perform exemplary in the schools, they are supposed to be able to capture all the information that is taught in the schools. The issues raised with respect to the education policies that are continuously changing according to the needs of the students are reflective of the changes in the world. To ensure that there is compliance from all the stakeholders in the education sector, the federal government needs to involve all those parties in the implementation. The government through the funding of the educational programs as mandated by the law, the educational institutions and the teachers are all affected by any changes that touch on these changes.