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ERIC Number: ED162314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Good Change, Bad Change, Changeless Change; or What Else is New and What's the Price?
Sherwin, J. Stephen
In contrast to the past, when English teachers were considered responsible for the quality of their instruction, the present push for accountability comes from outside the profession and has taken several forms including competency based teacher education (CBTE), licensing, and achievement testing. Mandated in several states, CBTE deals with the way in which teachers are trained and certified and involves cooperative programs between colleges and school systems that list in detail the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that future teachers are to acquire. Licensing, a substitute for conventional certification, recommends that teachers be licensed in the same way as other professional practitioners such as doctors and lawyers and that teaching receive the same legal status. Accountability in the form of achievement testing requires that students pass tests at various educational levels before moving to the next level. While the accountability movement can be positive in its impact on priorities, organization of instruction, and skill and attitude identification, it is important that English educators take an active role in determining how the field is to be monitored and work toward a greater unity of purpose from within the profession. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State English Council (28th, Rochester, New York, September 21-23, 1978)