Fixing Our National Accountability System
A recent publication by National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) about possible education reform.
"No Child Left Behind radically shifted the balance of power in American education policy-making from the states to the federal government, not because a new consensus had emerged to make such a shift, but because both Democrats and Republicans were angry with the nation’s teachers, holding them responsible for a massive increase in the costs of our schools, while failing to deliver much in the way of improved student performance in return. The President and the Congress were united in their determination to hold the teachers accountable for that failure and to get value for their money.
But I argue here that, though teachers should be among those held accountable for the failure of the American schools to perform, many others are no less responsible for that failure and should be no less accountable... " -executive summary