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ERIC Number: EJ1162599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
Who Counts?
Brass, Jory
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v24 n3 p253-265 2017
This article recovers a 1972 essay from James Moffett entitled "Who Counts?" that the National Council of Teachers of English commissioned at the onset of US standards and accountability reforms. The essay historicises NCTE's positions on teacher accountability by comparing its recent positions on teacher evaluation and the Common Core Standards with Moffett's opposition to behavioural measurement and business-federal collusion in education reform. These historical juxtapositions highlight how NCTE's recent policy agenda has reconfigured "who counts" in US English education: its positions now hedge NCTE's longstanding critiques of behavioural measurement in English, mix quality assurance with professional development, and adopt the educational priorities of federal grants, corporate philanthropy and private sector partners. The article de-naturalises NCTE's political realignment and considers how Moffett's prescient critiques of "who counts" in English education might inform individuals' and organisations' positions on standards and accountability reforms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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