Commitment and Common Sense

Commitment and Common Sense Leading Education Reform in Massachusetts

David P. Driscoll
cloth, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-117-4
Price: $60.00

Add to Cart

paper, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-116-7
Price: $30.00

Add to Cart

Commitment and Common Sense tells the inside story of how Massachusetts became a national model for education. Twelve years after the passage of the state’s comprehensive education reform law in 1993, Bay State student scores rose to the top of “the nation’s report card” (the National Assessment of Educational Progress) in fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math—and have stayed there ever since.


In Commitment and Common Sense, Driscoll shares important insights into the fundamentals of Massachusetts’s success. It’s a must-read for those seeking education progress in the United States. — Rod Paige, US Secretary of Education, 2001–2005

Progress in our nation’s schools has never been more dependent on the quality of state leadership than it is today, in the era of ESSA. At the same time, our polarized politics has made thoughtful leadership in government a rare commodity. David Driscoll uses the story of his extraordinary career to affirm that, given high expectations set by leaders willing to stand up for those expectations, American students can achieve at the highest levels. — John White, state superintendent of education, Louisiana

Commitment and Common Sense guides readers along the Herculean path to thoughtful education reform. This is an essential primer for leaders looking to address the challenges of sustained success in teacher development and student learning. — Lillian M. Lowery, vice president for P–12 policy, research, and practice at The Education Trust, and former secretary of education, Delaware

The book tells it like it is. It is an authentic, at times funny, always compelling account of how this landmark comprehensive policy reform was shaped and implemented. — Marc Tucker, Education Week

Driscoll is a master teacher, and Commitment and Common Sense is his seminar on leadership and practical advice to public leaders who want to master the fine art of balancing 'the policy of the law with the realities on the ground.' — John Schneider, CommonWealth Magazine

David P. Driscoll’s new book Commitment and Common Sense offers a lot of what current education policy discussions lack—wisdom. — Jay P. Greene, Education Next

More Less

About the Author

David P. Driscoll is a former commissioner of education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, past president of the Council of Chief State School Officers, and a Fordham Institute board member.

Table of Contents


Interview with Author

Other books in Leadership

Other books in Leadership

Unconscious Bias in Schools

Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman, Foreword by Glenn E. Singleton

Other books in Leadership


Cheryl L. Hyman, Foreword by Davis Jenkins

Books From This Author