I read this report on the NCLB Act with an eye to discerning the moral perspective they brought to their task.
"Although the Commission members came to the table from a variety of perspectives, we were united from the outset in our firm commitment to the goals of the law: to harness the power of standards, accountability and increased student options, so that every child becomes proficient in core subjects and to eliminate the achievement gaps that have left too many students behind."p.20 Beyond NCLB: Fulfilling the Promise to Our Nation's Children by the Commission on NCLB
- education is a matter of teacher’s delivering units of knowledge, skill and/or information into children’s heads,
- that those units can be counted, and
- therefore teachers can be held accountable (judged by the authorities) for the presence or absence of those units.
The NCLB Act and "Accountability"
"[Teachers] know what children need to learn and how to impart that knowledge, and they demonstrate their ability to raise student achievement through fair, credible and reliable measures of effectiveness.Those teachers who are not able to demonstrate student learning gains and do not receive positive evaluations from principals or their peers would receive additional high-quality professional development designed to address their specific needs and on-site support in developing practical strategies to improve student learning.If teachers do not improve after they receive this support, they will no longer be eligible to teach students most in need of help."p. 22 Beyond NCLB: Fulfilling the Promise to Our Nation's Children by the Commission on NCLB