How can the Assessment for Accountability have a positive impact?
So how can Assessment for Accountability have the positive impact it should have for all children? As with everything that depends on what action is taken in the classroom.
I believe the solution lies in empowering and supporting teachers.
Every teacher is accountable not only to ‘the system’ but to the children in their classroom. At the end of the day, they are the only person who can ensure that teaching and learning is the best it can be.
Of course, this is a lot of pressure. But if there’s appropriate support systems and resources, it can also be a relief. Addressing challenges isn’t in the hands of a faceless bureaucrat — it’s in yours.
Assessment for Learning and Assessment for Accountability can go together. Whether it’s a child’s learning progress or a particular disadvantage they may be facing, assessment information adds to your everyday knowledge and understanding of each individual and can be used to deliver the best possible teaching and learning.