ERIC Number: ED217070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Are We Putting a Loaded Gun in the Hand of a Baby?
Ebel, Robert L.
The "baby" in the title of this paper refers to local school boards. The author suggests giving school boards more authority to exercise control over schools. In June of each year, the superintendent should present to the Board a report summarizing objective evidence on the achievements in learning of the pupils in the schools. Near the end of the school year, each teacher should present to and discuss with the school principal a report summarizing objective evidence of the effectiveness of that teacher's efforts to facilitate learning among the pupils. Teacher effectiveness should be judged by how well students have learned. The "loaded gun", or test of achievement in learning, provides objective evidence of student progress. The school board is composed of mature adults who are often ethically and intellectually superior. They should be provided with access to information that can contribute greatly to effective management of the programs for which they are responsible. The author appeals to school board members to take the initiative in requiring administrators and teachers to provide them appropriate access to achievement test results. (Author/DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).