David D. Marsh

David D. Marsh
Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Rossier School of Education,
University of Southern California

David D. Marsh served as associate dean for academic programs in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC). He was the Robert A. Naslund Chair of Curriculum and professor of curriculum theory while director of the Center for School Leadership and Transformation at USC. He served on the new California High School Task Force and cochaired the California High School Exit Exam Task Force for the California Department of Education. Marsh received his PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

updated 1988



Publications by David D. Marsh
Lessons from the California School Leadership Academy
Current thinking about reform in American education emphasizes the need for school principals to serve as instructional leaders. Support for this position is derived from several research bases: site-based management and restructuring; school change…
Can broad state-level initiatives for school reform actually improve local schools? Using data collected in California, this article answers that question affirmatively—but it also reminds readers that successful local implementation of state-level…
Study Findings
In 1983, California enacted a comprehensive bill (Senate Bill 813) containing dozens of education reform provisions. The scope of the proposed changes had no previous parallel. The bill's many ideas for school improvement, if implemented,…
Background and Technical Appendices
In the early 1980s, a study of California secondary students' pathways through high school documented an erosion in secondary school curriculum. Electives had replaced academic courses; student exposure to sound mathematics, science, and U.S.…