Grading Education Getting Accountability Right

ISBN-10: 0807749397

ISBN-13: 9780807749395

Edition: 2009

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Description: Yes, we should hold public schools accountable for effectively spending the vast funds with which they have been entrusted. But accountability policies like No Child Left Behind, based exclusively on math and reading test scores, have narrowed the curriculum, misidentified both failing and successful schools, and established irresponsible expectations for what schools can accomplish. Instead of just grading progress in one or two narrow subjects, we should hold schools accountable for the broad outcomes we expect from public education -basic knowledge and skills, critical thinking, an appreciation of the arts, physical and emotional health, and preparation for skilled employment -and then develop the means to measure and ensure schools' success in achieving them. Grading Education describes a new kind of accountability plan for public education, one that relies on higher-quality testing, focuses on professional evaluation, and builds on capacities we already possess.

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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 3/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Rothstein is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute.

The outcome goals of American public education
Weighting the goals of public education
Goal distortion
Perverse accountability
Accountability by the numbers
Early NAEP
School boards, accreditation, and Her Majesty's Inspectors
An accountability system for schools and other institutions of youth development
Schools as scapegoats
A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
Goals survey methodology
Teacher accounts of goal distortion
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index
About EPI
About Teachers College Press
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