Grading Education Getting Accountability Right
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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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 3/6/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Rothstein is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute.
|The outcome goals of American public education|
|Weighting the goals of public education|
|Accountability by the numbers|
|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|
|About Teachers College Press|