Our newspapers report issues in math education across the country; predictably, departments of education respond by doing more testing, revising the curriculum, requiring teachers to take a test or another course; they also hint at interventions yet to come. The public is skeptical.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the people who administer PISA assessments, has a different suggestion; based on a study of PISA results in 13 countries, the OECD concluded that students do better when their schools have autonomy and accountability for their day-to-day operations.
According to Mathieu Bedard of the Montreal Economic Institute, the fact that teachers in Quebec have the greatest degree of pedagogical autonomy in Canada, is a factor in Quebec’s success in national and international assessment. In addition, increasing autonomy and accountability at the school level, Bedard says, costs government nothing and leads to better job satisfaction and morale.
Seems to me that allowing more autonomy and demanding more accountability is worth a try.
A long-time student of education,