...regularly achieve their mission using a surprisingly common set of accountability frameworks. If the goal of a school is to be the most effective organization possible, it requires an accountability designed to help them do that. True Accountability consists of the frameworks that allow a school to convert to an accountability environment designed to support every aspect of the mission of schooling.
TEST SENSE WAS FOUNDED TO DRIVE A NEW CONVERSATION REGARDING TRUE EDUCATIONAL ACCOUNTABILTY
THE TEST SENSE TOOLS
Test Sense tools support a the creation of a True Accountability Mindset in schools and districts, and the creation of a True Accountability System that can support it.
THE TRUE ACCOUNTABILITY FRAMEWORK CONVERSION KIT
THE TRUE ACCOUNTABILITY PRINCIPLES SERIES
THE ACCOUNTABILITY/ CAPACITY AUDIT
TRUE ACCOUNTABILITY WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING
BOARD TRAINING SERIES
ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING AND RETREATS
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
Test Sense was founded in 2009 by John Tanner with a mission to support educational excellence. Tanner is a writer, educational thinker, and a passionate advocate for public schools, as well as an expert on what he now refers to as True Accountability. He understands the unintended consequences of the current school accountability system, and more importantly, how to move past them to a much better place.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"John Tanner has the exceptional gift of explaining the most difficult of concepts in a way everyone can understand. He works with school leaders all over Texas to design local accountability systems and student assessments that are meaningful and relevant. He is a true friend of public education and the students it serves." Howell Wright, EdD, Retired Superintendent
"Tanner gets it. If we want to change and improve our schools, we need to discard the mental models and practices that either freezes most of what we do now in place or tries to force us to work harder at what we already do that already does not work. If we want to change the work we do and change the results we get, we need to change the system. Changing our current system requires we find a new box to think inside of. John Tanner has created a compelling design for a new box."
Doug Christensen, Former Nebraska Commissioner of Education; Professor of Leadership in Education, Graduate Division, Doane College
"Test Sense helped us put the purpose of testing into perspective. They helped us align what we say we believe about students and learning with how we view the value of standardized test results.
"They helped us examine alternate ways to determine whether students are achieving success in learning what they’ll need when they leave us. Shifting away from a single measure of success has been a challenge, but with their guidance we are finding our way.
"In the business world, Pfeffer and Sutton would tell us there was a 'knowing-doing gap.' Test Sense and John Tanner in particular understands there is sometimes a 'believing-doing gap'—a gap between what we say we believe and what we do on a daily basis. John is helping us to close that gap."
Michelle Carroll Smith, Superintendent, Lytle Independent School District, Lytle, TX
"John Tanner takes a fundamentally different look at teachers than that seen in most of the current accountability debate. Instead of blaming teachers, John identifies the faults in our system of education that make the job of teaching—and the success we hope for students—almost impossible to realize, going so far as to note that 'teachers are actually succeeding at a much greater rate than we have a right to expect given that so much of the system actually runs counter to their success.' While the quality of instructional practice can always improve (in the same way that the quality of medical care can improve or the political functioning of Congress can improve), the reasons for the lack of overall success in our educational system are not the fault of individual teachers, but rather the organizational design of the system."
David Ruff, Executive Director, The Great Schools Partnership