Obama makes colleges accountable for standardized test scores
Colleges with education programs will soon be held accountable for the future standardized test scores of the pupils of their graduates, at least when it comes to federal fund incentives.
A proposal announced by President Obama plans to reward nearly $100 million per year in federal grants to education schools that have proven to turn out the best teachers — some of that measured in the standardized test scores graduates are producing in their classrooms. Federal scholarship aid, then, will be based less on student need and more on the performance of graduates from those programs.
The move is an attempt to make schools of education more accountable for the success of their teaching graduates, but does it go too far? In other words, is the measure of a “good” teacher what ends up on a standardized test down the road? It is possible too that this move will discourage colleges of education from motivating their students to teach in the toughest districts, with low-performing students, because the schools will fear the financial ramifications.
To that end, New York principal Carol Burris said the following:
So what will this incentivize? Schools of education trying to help their students get jobs in more successful schools, rather than schools with at-risk kids or schools that are struggling. It will incentivize schools of education focusing on how to teach for the test. It is designed to reward the so-called teacher training programs such as Relay and Match, which are led by the charter school community. These schools focus on teaching test prep techniques.
What do you think? Is this a smart way to make schools of education more accountable?