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The Big Idea of School Accountability
In a new Bush Institute report, Sandy Kress and Bill McKenzie explore how the big idea of school accountability arose. Kress, a Bush Institute Education Fellow, and McKenzie, the Bush Institute’s Editorial Director, look at how the concept took root in the 1960s, and kept growing in subsequent decades under both Republicans and Democrats.
The report also addresses today’s challenges to school accountability, which focuses on high academic standards, testing students annually and objectively to see if they meet those standards, and attaching some consequences to the results. In this report, you will find suggestions to strengthen this big idea.
The multimedia essay presents footage from speeches given by Presidents Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush. The digital presentation also contains videos from leading educators and policymakers.
They include Margaret Spellings, former Education Secretary who now serves as President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and Mike Miles, Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District. Along with David Chard, the Dean of SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Chris Garcia, a former principal who now is a leadership coach with the Teaching Trust, they discuss the impact of this big idea as well as ways to improve it.
As policymakers, educators and parents continue to debate concepts like standardized tests, The Big Idea of School Accountability serves as a reminder that school accountability has a proud parentage that is worth preserving and modernizing.
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Accountability Systems Need to be Simple Enough for Parents and the Public to Understand and Act Upon
What we need is a constant balancing of fairness and simplicity. This should be a primary goal for states like Texas now that the new Every Student Succeeds Act gives them more responsibility for holding schools accountable for their results.
Keep Testing Alive -- But Right-Size Assessments
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No Child Left Behind’s Legacy – and What School Accountability Means Today
In an essay published this week on The 74, a national education news site, Holly Kuzmich, the Bush Institute’s executive director, provides an insider’s look at the creation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Kuzmich, who worked on the landmark legislation that President Bush signed into law 16 years ago this month, also describes the bipartisan bill’s legacy. Anne Wicks, the Bush Institute’s education reform director, and William McKenzie, the Bush Institute’s editorial director, describe as well on The 74 what school accountability means today – and how it can be improved. Their essay includes lessons learned from The A Word: Accountability—The Dirty Word of Today’s Education Reform, a new Bush Institute series of interviews with respected education leaders.