What Do You Think?
What Does Accountability Mean?
The Kettering Foundation and the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning have done research to find out what parents and community members think education accountability means that is, to whom and for what do they believe educators should be held accountable.
The Kettering Foundation has published a report that looks at 'accountability' and what the public thinks this means: Examining the Meaning of Accountability
The brief reports on the results of an ongoing research project that the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) conducted in partnership with the Kettering Foundation to uncover what parents and other community members, particularly those in underrepresented populations, think education accountability means that is, to whom and for what do they believe educators should be held accountable.
Respondents generally believed that in addition to schools, parents, community members, and students should also be held accountable for student success
Respondents accept standardized tests as a means of measuring student progress, but believe that other means should be included.
Community members in rural areas demonstrated resistance to imposed standards and lack of faith in the quality of statewide assessments.
Spanish-speaking community members voiced concern that despite the rhetorical focus on ensuring the success of all students, teachers do not consider themselves equally accountable for the education of all children.
Digging Deeper: Where Does the Public Stand on Standards-based Education? - public opinion on standards-based education and support for low-performing schools.