Unwarranted Intrusion : Education Next


As with many policy innovations, performance-based accountability in education is mutating into a caricature of itself. Never has this been clearer than in the reauthorization of Title I. The idea of giving schools and school districts greater flexibility in return for greater accountability for student performance–the original principle behind the “horse trade” of the 1980s–makes a great deal of sense. What we have discovered, however, is that accountability for performance requires substantial investments in organizational capacity: state departments of education need the capacity to select, implement, and monitor sound measures of performance; schools need support in developing internal coherence and instructional capacity; schools and districts need help in creating reasonable, diverse ways of assessing student learning; and teachers need support in acquiring the knowledge and skill required to reach larger numbers of students with more demanding content. As performance-based accountability becomes test-based accountability, these critical issues recede, and a sensible policy becomes a nightmare.

via Unwarranted Intrusion : Education Next.

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About Irfan

I am an independent researcher and blogger interested in everything under the sun, but more so in the philosophy and history of education and education reform generally, and specifically in the so-called post colonial contexts

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