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Discussion: A system within a system: How has the pedagogical stance of your LSC been influenced by your state/local context?

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posted by: Joni Falk on November 2, 2000 at 4:30PM
subject: high accountability
Jerry addresses the issue of how California's SAT-9 has focused attention
on language arts and mathematics and away from science. This is an
interesting example of how one reform (standards tied to accountability
measures) can hinder another (science reform). Besides shifting focus away
from science, it is possible that the emphasis on high accountability may
also be driving the focus away from inquiry, which by its nature takes
classroom time to collect, analyze and reflect on data.
Perhaps to get broad discussion going, it would be great if **everyone**
post an introduction (including all of you who requested digest).
How do you see the emphasis on accountability affecting the vision of your
LSC? I heard both major candidates speak about testing, testing, testing,
to improve the educational system. Have you felt that State tests have
enabled, or complicated your vision within your LSC?
I look forward to hearing from you. --Joni

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