ERIC Number: ED121711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Teacher Is Not Solely Accountable - System Accountability.
Lessinger, Leon M.
Accountability is an old idea that has to do with responsibility for which there are consequences. When dealing with accountability, teachers should not be held solely accountable for results. In fact, the teacher is probably the unit that ought to be addressed last. The primary unit of an accountability program is the school and the school district. The accountability movement began in the United States Office of Education in 1969. It grew out of the concern of the American people for the improvement of education for the poor and disadvantaged and those people not properly served by the school system. In less than three years, accountability became one of the fastest- spreading movements in the history of American education. Accountability is a system concept. It adds to the notion of system the responsibility of achieving results. Accountability is neither a simple concept nor does it require uniformity of standards. It does, however, require clear objectives or clear descriptions of experiences. What teachers can be held accountable for may be compared to what doctors can be held accountable for--striving unceasingly to use what is known to work and using it in ways that are well-managed. (RC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Excerpt from a speech delivered at the REACT conference sponsored by the Cooperative Accountability Project (Denver, Colorado, February 7, 1975)