In these essays, members of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on K-12education, joined by several keen-eyed observers, blend prediction withprescription to paint a vivid picture of American primary and secondaryeducation in 2030. What follows is necessarily speculative, and readers may judge portions to be wishful thinking or politically naïve. But none of it isfanciful-we're not writing fiction here-and all of it, in the authors' views, isdesirable. That is to say, the changes outlined here would yield a moreresponsive, efficient, effective, nimble, and productive K-12 education systemthan we have today.Readers should note, however, that each essay is complete unto itself; theywere not written to yield a single coherent model in which all the pieces fitneatly together. Several cover overlapping territory (e.g., technology, which isapt to pervade our future), and others yield differing predictions about thesame phenomenon (e.g., national standards and testing).The opening essay by Paul Peterson seeks to show what education will belike in 2030 if nothing changes, that is, if today's trends are simplyextrapolated.The following essays are clustered into Curriculum and Instruction, Standardsand Testing, Governance and Finance, and Privatization and Choice.The set concludes with a recap by Chester Finn of what actually changed inAmerican education from 1990 to 2010: evidence of what's possible during thenext two decades.