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There is 1 comment on POV: It’s Time to Reimagine School Accountability beyond Standardized Tests

  1. I was from 1970 to 1991 (when I was appointed full professor at Boston University) the MA state official responsible for educational equity: race, sex, national origin, and administered over $200 million in state funds to improve schools in 18 MA cities.

    Until adoption of MCAS, it was extremely difficult for us to assess to what extent urban schools had high expectations for their students and effective ways to support academic achievement. MCAS made it possible for us to hold educators accountable for results, and thus gave a powerful boost to educational equity.

    It’s not surprising that many teachers, school administrators, and those who train them resist objective standards for educational results. It is much less threatening for them to substitute vague feel-good goals for which there is no way to be held accountable.

    This is of course by no means to dismiss the importance of educational goals that are not readily measurable, those addressing character, resilience, compassion, and so forth. Any good school makes these a priority. But it should not invoke them as an excuse to neglect measurable academic achievement. That would be unjust and neglectful of the interests of at-risk students.

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