Questions on Educational Accountability

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1: How is accountability demonstrated with measurable outcomes? According to Peri (2007), "Accountability systems must include measures of processes, such as information on organizational and instructional practice, in addition to measures of outcomes if the goal is to help improve schools." Measurable outcomes include teacher qualifications, curriculum, learning environments, attendance rates, graduation rates, school size, class size, responsiveness to parents, and teacher preparatory time (ibid) Attendance rates, for instance, tell us whether or not a teacher and her lessons are interesting and applicable enough to attract students. The graduation rates,s school size,a nd class size tells us similarly - whether or not the pupil attendance is increasing. Similarly, responsiveness to parent or student and teacher preparatory time informs us of teacher's dedication to lesson/ students. Some states have their own accountability systems, such as that of California that uses the Academic Performance Index (API) as a way of guaging teacher's effect on student. Some states also assess whether students show signs of progress form one grade to the next. (Peri, M. (2007) ) #2 How might an educator maintain balance between encouraging innovation and adhering to policies and standards? A teacher can adopt the educational method of slanting the education to the child whilst teaching the class as a whole. There is a name to this program but I have forgotten it. The teacher
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