Magazine January 22, 2018, Issue

School Standards in the Bay State

David P. Driscoll
Commitment and Common Sense: Leading Education Reform in Massachusetts, by David P. Driscoll (Harvard Education Press, 216 pp., $30)

David Driscoll was a math teacher in a suburban Massachusetts community from 1964 to 1972, a central-office administrator in that community from 1972 to 1993, and deputy commissioner and then commissioner of education for the commonwealth from 1993 to 2007. This is his account of his career in these essentially closed worlds, anecdotal and with periodic reflections on lessons learned.

Driscoll comes across as a dutiful and genial apparatchik whose most notable contribution to the remarkable achievements of public schooling in Massachusetts was in carrying out the intentions of the Massachusetts legislature in adopting the Education Reform Act of 1993. As

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