Parents for Public Schools Essay example

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Parents for Public Schools
     Today, the push for more accountability of student performance changed how assessment will be measured and judged in public schools. Not only will students be assessed through test scores, but also through attendance, school work, and observations. Parents hold the schools responsible for the advancement of their students’ knowledge. Different tests are given to measure their intelligence level which is either used to compare one student to another or measure their performance based on a pre-existing body of knowledge. The scores from the tests help the schools determine the advancement of a student from grade to grade, additional educational help, and graduation. Accountability
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Through the norm-referenced test a student is compared to students within their state. Ruth Mitchell of the Education Trust, a Washington D.C.-based education advocacy group, “insists that no matter how good the teaching may be, 50% of the children will always be below average and 50% above.” Since the government holds the schools responsible for the advancement of a student’s intelligence, more pressure should be put on the teacher to place the student in the upper 50% to show their achievement. The students are also responsible for their education because their progression through school and graduation depend on their scores.
     Accountability needs to be a community based concept. Everyone is responsible for the achievement of the students not just the students themselves.
     Using Burke’s Pentad the Parents for Public Schools wrote the “Accountability: Setting Expectations, Measuring Performance and Providing Support” to help describe the different angles the nation, state, district, and schools are taking to assess the education of students in school. Parent Press is a National organization of community-based chapters (http://www.parents4publicschools.com/index.html) that published this article as a way to address the public of the struggles the education department is faced with dealing with statewide and nationwide testing.
     The Parent Press writers’
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