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Beyond the Test Bubble: Accountability, Expectations, and Planning

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How can we hold schools accountable, while ensuring that students receive a rich education, graduate from high school, and are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century? This month on the whole child podcast, we hear from three experts.

  • Richard Rothstein, research associate, Economic Policy Institute

    How can the public hold schools accountable for preparing our students to do more than score well on reading and math tests? Rothstein describes the broader vision for accountability he suggests in his new book, Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right.

  • Tommy Bice, deputy superintendent of the Alabama Department of Education

    How has Alabama responded to its growing dropout crisis? Learn about Alabama's First Choice, the state's newly revised requirements for high school graduation which set a new level of high expectations for Alabama high school students.

  • John Brown, author of Educating the Whole Child: An ASCD Action Tool

    How can schools and communities become accountable for ensuring students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged? ASCD consultant John Brown explains how schools can implement a comprehensive planning process that will surpass our current conception of accountability while ensuring that all children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.


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