The tide may be turning when it comes to accountability. That was one of the key messages delivered by PSO president Tillie Elvrum at an event last week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Tillie joined other panelists to discuss take-aways from a working group session on school accountability they attended earlier this year in Florida. The working group was convened by EdChoice.
The working group tackled many issues facing school accountability like what does it mean to hold schools accountable, how do we measure school performance, and what should accountability systems look like in the future. Tillie represented the view of parents during the Florida session and on last week’s panel.
Tillie told attendees that school accountability systems must provide parents timely, relevant information to make decisions about their child’s education, parents must have a seat at the policymaking table, and standardized test scores should not be punitive.
Tillie also remarked that the school choice movement was meant to empower parents with more choices and that very rarely do parents choose a school based on standardized test scores.
The parent perspective on school accountability is a much-needed voice and PSO is proud to represent thousands of parents across the country.