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Why is accountability always about teachers? BY Mark Dynarski--Senior Fellow - Economic Studies, Center on Ch

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"Teachers are the largest staff within the K-12 system, and their skills matter for its performance. But they do not manage or direct the system.Under the current system, administrators create the structures & administrators come up with the ideas about what might work. Teachers are then assessed on the results based on their flawed assessment!. We need to think about how to shift risks back to where they belong, which is with those who make the decisions. An average K-12 teacher teaches for about 14 years. A typical school year is 180 days, a school day is 6.5 hours, so average teachers have taught more than 16,000 hours & thousands of children. From those hours, teachers have amassed pedagogical practices they believe work for their students. These practices may be effective or flawed or plain wrong, but the point is teachers might not be easily separated from their practices."

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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