Academic journal article Childhood Education

Mrs. Bonkers Vindicated. (President's Message)

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Mrs. Bonkers Vindicated. (President's Message)

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Once again, I am busy reading the submissions for the National Teacher of the Year. One of the essays that applicants must write is a response to the question of accountability in the teaching profession. It is most interesting to read the different responses that the State Teachers of the Year give to this question.

While educators at all levels have been told that we are accountable to our students and to our profession, the particular interpretation of "accountability" varies depending upon who is creating the expectations. In the last year, local school districts have been faced with increased demands through the President's Leave No Child Behind imperative. Laws passed by Congress and regulations set forth by the Department of Education focus on test scores and the use of the test scores as measures for funding schools and evaluating teachers.

This focus on test scores touches all of us. The Department of Education has required the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to set requirements within the new NCATE standards; these call for use of teacher certification test scores to determine national recognition for institutions wishing to receive NCATE accreditation. No longer is this mandate simply a K-12 issue.

I think all educators would agree that we must be accountable for our teaching. Students at all ages learn in different ways, and it behooves us to find the best ways to guide each student to do his or her very best. …

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