[I’m on the Broad, Bolder Approach mailing list. I just got this today, but I’ll be in Chicago that day, otherwise, I’d be taking a day off to go down to DC for this event. BBA is one of the groups really advocating a different kind of accountability for public education. If you can go, I’d think is going to be powerfully worthwhile.]
New Directions in Accountability Policy for Education
Thursday, February 26, 3-5 PM
With the controversy surrounding No Child Left Behind, there is hunger in the policy community for a viable alternative to make schools and other institutions of youth development accountable for delivering high-quality education. But when it comes to accountability, many people know what they are against; few know what they are for.
At this forum, leaders of the campaign for A Broader Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) will present and discuss proposals for new accountability systems, recommended for consideration to the Obama administration and state governments.
BBA, as you may know, issued a consensus statement last June that has now been endorsed by more than 1,000 leaders in education and social policy.  That statement notes:
The public has a right to hold schools accountable for raising student achievement. However, test scores alone cannot describe a school’s contribution to the full range of student outcomes. New accountability systems should combine appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods, and they will be considerably more expensive than the flawed accountability systems currently in use by the federal and state governments.
Presenters will include these BBA leaders:
- Christopher Cross, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education (1989-91)
- Daniel Koretz, author of Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us
- Susan B. Neuman, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education (2001-03)
- Tom Payzant, BBA co-chair, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education (1993-1995)
- Diane Ravitch (via video), former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education (1991-1993)
- Richard Rothstein, author of Grading Education, Getting Accountability Right
- Robert Schwarz, Academic Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and founding president, Achieve
- Warren Simmons, Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform
DATE:    Thursday, February 26, 2009, from 3:00-5:00 PM
PLACE:  Economic Policy Institute, 1333 H Street, NW, East Tower, Suite 300, Washington, DC (near McPherson Square Metro and Metro Center)
Co-chairs of A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
Helen F. Ladd (Duke University)
Pedro Noguera (New York University)
Tom Payzant (Harvard Graduate School of Education)