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Refocusing Accountability: Using Local Performance Assessments to Enhance Teaching and

Susan Notes: The question now is if corporate politicos can ignore the expertise of this team, which comes with high repute. These are not people who can be dismissed out of hand. I hope this group soon invites an urban teacher to join their team. That said, I find it unfortunate that the first thing that is called for is "significant investment" in "teacher development," which seems to buy into the Business Roundtable argument that the teaching professionals in classrooms today are inadequate to the job. This argument puts teachers in a bad light and also leaves the group calling for a different type of testing open to the suspicion of making a grab for consulting/training territory. I think it is critical for reformers to separate money from the argument to get rid of NCLB. I admit that as soon as someone promises to deliver higher order thinking skills, my teeth ache. I couple this unease with my puzzlement over the performance task featured here. As a devotee of the old Elementary Science Study, I was surprised to see "clay boats" used as an example of an eighth grade performance task.

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— George H. Wood, Linda Darling-Hammond. Monty Neill, Pat Roschewski
Briefing Paper Prepared for Members of The Congress of The United States
2007-05-15
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