New Ideas for Genuine Accountability
- The authors cite a 2008 work by Richard Rothstein which proposes that assessment efforts need to be more broad. He lists the categories that should be judged: basic knowledge and skills, critical thinking and problem solving, social skills and work ethic, citizenship and community responsibility, appreciation of arts and literature, preparation for skilled work, physical health, and emotional health. While some testing is necessary, other kinds of assessments are needed. He suggests regular and formal school inspections involving extended observations, and interviews of students and teachers. This wouldn’t produce neat numbers, but it would reflect the considered judgement of a trained corps of educators. It is no more subjective than the choice of test content, format, and proficiency levels.
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