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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
David Possner
Dee Alpert
Aaron Carr
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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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.

Key Findings:

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.

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