Title: New structures of power and regulation within ‘distributed’ education policy – the example of the US Common Core State Standards Initiative
Authors: Hartong, Sigrid 
Language: eng
Keywords: Achieve;Common Core State Standards;Distributed Governance;Regulative Power
Issue Date: 2015
Document Type: Article
Journal / Series / Working Paper (HSU): Journal of education policy
Volume: 31
Issue: 2
Page Start: 213
Page End: 225
This article focuses on the growing development towards new forms of ‘distributed’ governance within current large-scale educational reforms. The emphasis is on so-called ‘governance through standards’ as a transformative reform complex which manifests itself in a simultaneous process of regulative destabilisation and (global) reconstruction of policy control. This newly emerging regulative policy ‘ensemble’ is found to be directly related to the growing collaborative activity of cross-field networks between governmental, non-governmental and private actors. Empirically, this article refers to the so-called Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative which has fundamentally reshaped US education policy since 2001. The initiative comprised the negotiation, implementation and controlling of supra-state core skill standards for K-12 education as the benchmark for other regulating instruments such as assessments, monitoring and teacher training. In the context of the CCSS, the aforementioned new structures of regulation can then be located within an entrepreneurial alliance around the non-profit organisation Achieve, Inc. Through its function as a core policy network manager, Achieve generated simultaneous practices of collaboration and distinction, discourse initiation and (invisible) norm stabilisation.
Organization Units (connected with the publication): Erziehungswissenschaft, insb. gesellschaftl., politische und rechtl. Grundlagen von Bildung und Erziehung 
ISSN: 02680939
Publisher DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2015.1103903
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