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ERIC Number: ED077949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb-28
Pages: 7
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Accountability: Problems and Possibilities. Problems in Accountability and the Measurement of Pupils.
Soar, Robert S.
One of the most significant revelations of this paper is a recent finding that indicates that a sizeable number of nonlinear relationships between pre-post gain scores of pupils are found when measured by newer, nonstandardized instruments, which are valid and reliable. When instruments/procedures of this sort are used, the fit for pupils at both the high and low ends of the scale tend to be thrown seriously out of line to the end that they exhibit difficulty in showing any significant gain, while the average students seem to generate normal, expected gains. It has also become fairly evident that a number of pupil characteristics tend to grow at a painfully slow rate so that it becomes almost impossible to realize an appreciable gain in the relatively short space of a year or two. One suggested resolution is to identify a reasonable, manageable number of pupil growth measures that have been found to be related to specific, measurable teacher behaviors and to build accountability programs that are predicated more on teacher behavior than on pupil growth factors. (Author/DB)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 28, 1973)