Real accountability is about asking what each school can to to improve and then holding them accountable for the improvement. For far too long school accountability has been about singling some schools out for punishment and leaving the rest alone. The tool selected for doing that for the past twenty years orders students against the differences in numeracy and literacy skills acquired lifetime to date, not the quality of decisions being made in a school against student need. The result is that poor schools tend to be singled out as bad schools, and rich schools as good schools, with no understanding of the quality of decisions in either.
Fixing that problem cannot be left to policy makers. For too long public education has been subjected to a "narrative of failure," leading to systems designed to punish, or to policies designed to undermine public schools. Convincing policy makers of the wrongness of that approach is unlikely to work.
A different theory of action is needed, one that returns accountability to the communities that support public schools. This does not require a policy change, but rather, good leadership, a new narrative, and a new way of seeing school accountability.
Test Sense was founded in 2009 to support public schools in a rethinking of what school accountability is, what it should be, and how a school can get there. We do so by engaging schools, districts, and educational organizations interested in joining the conversation, through publishing and public speaking, and through advocacy work in support of efforts designed to help schools be great.
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THE MISSION OF TEST SENSE IS TO FUNDAMENTALLY IMPROVE THE SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY ENVIRONMENT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS