Holding everyone accountable

Schools are held accountable for student achievement, even when students’ performance is affected by poverty, family dysfunction and neighborhood dangers, notes Education Sector.

In Striving for Student Success: A Model of Shared Accountability (pdf), Kelly Bathgate, Richard Lee Colvin and Elena Silva look at the Strive Partnership of Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky, which is trying to create cradle-to-college supports for children’s education and well-being.

Made up of more than 300 civic groups, businesses, nonprofits, colleges, public agencies, and philanthropies, Strive “coordinates every service and support that children and adolescents need, at every stage of their education and development,” the authors write.

One result: kindergarten readiness has risen substantially in Cincinnati and two Strive towns in Kentucky.


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  1. It doesn’t seem as if the parents are being held accountable for anything.

  2. tim-10-ber says:

    I agree with Momof4…does the state now own the kids? Is that really where we are going?

  3. Well there is that whole “paycheck” thing that sort of implies an acceptable level of performance in the activity for which the paycheck is received.

    Outside the fairy land of public education it’s just accepted that some people are more capable of performing a task then others and if you want that task performed then discriminating between the two is going to have an impact on how well the task is done. If it’s unimportant how well the task is done then, naturally, it’s not important to reward the stars and dump the bums.

    It is interesting though how the subject of professional accountability keeps coming back and why no one’s actually pushing parental “accountability” as anything other then a talking point meant to obscure the problem.