I follow EdWeek on Twitter.
There it was: educationweekBlog: Is Some Rethinking About ‘Accountability’ Past Due? http://tinyurl.com/cw9dkx
I clicked on the link and it took me to Bridging Differences, the point/counterpoint blog penned by Diane Ravitch on the right and Debbie Meier on the left.
This week Debbie Meier reminds us of an important fact: The politics of the so-called Reformers, the politics of accountability through constant testing, of NCLB and national standards, has been the dominating policy for the past ten years. And what have we got to show for it?
The evidence is clear: there has been no substantial improvement in test scores or graduation rates over the past decade as we follow the agenda of the neo-Reformers. Little squiggles up, down, and flat again is the pattern for almost the entire nation—on precisely the measurement tools upon which they have built their whole case. Would the board of directors of a “real business,” after being told their business was in a state of disaster, crisis, etc., be satisfied with such flat data???? How come we’ve bought it, against all the instincts of the wisest educational practitioners and scholars? Maybe some rethinking about “accountability” is past due.
Even the business world has, alas, not been sufficiently shaken in their confidence by the failure of their own accountability system in their own sphere of expertise to wonder, “Could we be wrong?”. Instead, they are blindly prepared to see our educational system go over the cliff with them.