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ERIC Number: EJ766233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Needed: Higher Standards for Accountability
Barton, Paul E.
Educational Leadership, v64 n3 p28-31 Nov 2006
Barton argues that the school accountability system now operating itself has some accountability problems. He discusses three key flaws: (1) The system ignores the fact that--because many states have not yet aligned their standards, curriculum, and test--many assessments being used don't meet basic criteria for test validity; (2) The present accountability system does not reliably sort out effective from ineffective schools; and (3) Models that do measure such student gain are not transparent and don't help inform instruction. Barton recommends that the system shift to using two forms of a test that measure the same content, with one form given at the beginning of the school year and the other at the end. Such a test would measure the knowledge and skills students gain throughout a school year. Standards could then be set for how much gain schools should be expected to achieve in particular subjects and particular grade levels.
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Language: English
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