Transparency is the New Accountability

by Robert Pondiscio
November 17th, 2008

A meme on the march:

“Republicans that want to kill No Child Left Behind in its entirety should also propose to eliminate its $25 billion or so dollars for k-12 education. If that sounds like a poison pill, here’s an idea: push for transparency, via national standards and tests, instead of “accountability” via the heavy hand of Washington.”  — Mike Petrilli, Fordham Foundation.

“A Republican education agenda should have three key elements: decentralization, transparency and parental empowerment.”  — Lance T. Izumi, Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy

“The federal role should be to provide accurate information about student performance. It should be left to states and districts to devise sanctions and reforms.”  — Diane Ravitch

2 Comments »

  1. I’d like to see progressives push for this approach as well.

    And if the Federal government did nothing for educations besides fully funding the IDEA special education mandate I’d be more than happy.

    Comment by Rachel — November 17, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

  2. I agree and I also agree with Rachel’s second point.

    Transparancy would work so much better than more complicated and punitive measures.

    And I’m no expert but I read these complex equations for trying to achieve equity, as well as some “reformers” seeking federal interfence in collective bargaining which would open up another Pandora Box of unintended consequences.

    But then, if we fully fully funded IDEA we would get equity in a much more efficient manner. My school has more than 35% of its students on IEPs, so if we adopted Rachel’s idea and let money follow the students, we would have practical solutions in a simple way.

    Comment by john thompson — November 17, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

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