Standards and Accountability in Schools
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Standards and Accountability in Schools



© 2012 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Education of America's school children always has been and always will be a hot-button issue. From what should be taught to how to pay for education to how to keep kids safe in schools, impassioned debates emerge and mushroom, both within the scholarly community and among the general public. This volume in the point/counterpoint Debating Issues in American Education reference series tackles the topic of standards and accountability in schools. Fifteen to twenty chapters explore such varied issues as assessment (of students, of teachers), basic-skills testing, high-stakes exams, NCLB and its legacy, pay-for-performance, standard vs. alternative teacher certification, and more. Each chapter opens with an introductory essay by the volume editor, followed by point/counterpoint articles written and signed by invited experts, and concludes with Further Readings and Resources, thus providing readers with views on multiple sides of standards and accountability issues and pointing them toward more in-depth resources for further exploration.
Key features
  • Each volume in this issues-based reference set, which focuses on preschool through secondary education in the U.S., tackles a broad, contentious topic that has prompted debate and discussion (at times, vociferous) within the education community and among the public at large with which all education majors should familiarize themselves prior to embarking on a teaching career.
  • Each chapter is structured to begin with a headnote (an objective introduction and overview of a particular issue), followed by a point and then a counterpoint argument.  Authors of the point and counterpoint articles will have exchanged drafts and will include rebuttals or references to one another's articles, and all articles are signed.
  • Each chapter concludes with recommended Further Readings & Resources to guide students to more in-depth discussion and exploration.
  • The volume opens with an Introduction by the volume editor introducing the broad topic of standards and accountability in schools and providing some historical underpinnings and context.

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