It should also be designed in a manner that allows teachers and administrators to fulfill their goals with regard to student learning (Webb & Norton, 2002).
Though curriculum is often considered the primary component of an accountability program, for it to be successful it must be considered in conjunction with all the other factors described in this accountability program.
Evaluation Method curriculum and mission is only as good as the outcome it produces. Thus teachers must utilize an evaluation and assessment method that accurately measures student achievement to see whether or not the curriculum and current teaching methods are accomplishing what they set out to. Regular or annual student evaluations are necessary to assure the success of any educational program. Along with this is the idea that teacher evaluations may be helpful in analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of an educational program.
Methods for Evaluating Student Performance
When evaluating student performance, a uniform system of analysis and assessment must be applied to all students within a select age group or grade to assure accuracy and fairness. Tied to this should be a designated schedule (whether annually or bi-annually) for evaluating student performance and measuring actual outcomes vs. expected outcomes and the goals that teachers set at the beginning of a school year. There are numerous standardized tests that can be utilized for this purpose.
The information gathered through a successful implementation and evaluation program must consistently be utilized to gauge a teachers and staffs success at educating and enhancing student performance.
The best way to utilize information is to compare actual student achievement with predicted outcomes.
If there is a large gap between the two, adjustments can be made whether to the mission, goals or curriculum to assure better student performance.
Teacher training and continuing education is a critical component of any accountability program. Society is consistently changing as are the needs of students attending K-12 educational facilitates. More and more for example computers are being introduced and utilized within schools. Because of this it is critical that teachers and other members of faculty keep updated and continually educate themselves with respect to any educational or technological advances that may impact their ability to enhance student performance. Consistent evaluation of teacher protocols is also warranted under this method of accountability.
Many factors need to be considered when developing an accountability program. The most important aspects of these have been highlighted above. A solid accountability program will incorporate a mission statement, solid curriculum, evaluation and assessment programs as well as teacher training and continuing education to assure the best possible outcome for students in the K-12 environment.
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