Tag Archives: Accountability

The Wrong Way to Bring About Change

Unfortunately, we have a long history of approaching change in schools from the wrong angles. We’ve tried to ‘force’ change to happen through deliberate policy and legislative mandates (think NCLB). We’ve experimented with external motivators (think merit pay). We’ve tried … Continue reading

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Misuse of Standardized Tests

By definition, standardized tests are administered and scored under clearly defined, uniform conditions. Most are commercially prepared for nationwide use, and they provide information about performance relative to others of the same age or grade. To understand how standardized tests … Continue reading

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Are teachers becoming irrelevant?

I’ve never worked in a factory, but I suspect that there was a day when factory workers could never imagine being replaced by robots. I doubt that bank tellers imagined the day when their job could be done by ATM’s. … Continue reading

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Role of Testing as an Accountability Tool

As we near the end of NCLB (No Child Left Behind) and prepare to usher in the newest version of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), it seems prudent to think about the accountability system that will be designated to … Continue reading

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I’ve been thinking a lot about a speech that President Obama delivered to the National Urban League regarding his administration’s approach to education. Below is a paragraph from the transcribed speech. “All I’m asking in return – as a president, … Continue reading

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