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By Linda Skrla, James Joseph Scheurich

Regardless of the serious political recognition that has been interested in responsibility, on standardized checking out, and at the fairness results of either responsibility and checking out, the nice majority of contemporary debate in schooling coverage circles has didn't attend to both the dynamism or complexity of those matters and has, as a substitute, been conducted in a dualistic, sturdy as opposed to evil, type. by contrast, the scholarship amassed during this very important new quantity is designed to maneuver past the existing dualism and to push the discourse approximately responsibility, trying out, and academic fairness in public faculties usefully ahead, and to supply a much-needed source for researchers, coverage makers, and practitioners.

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But as we seek to understand contradictory data on equity, it is important to remember the nature of prior practices. A great deal of the research, such as that of Linda Darling-Hammond and Deborah Ball (1998) and Ronald Ferguson (1998), has indicated that the general level of teaching quality that existed prior to the institution of these accountability systems was consistently low for the overwhelming percentage of children of color and low-income children. This is THINKING CAREFULLY ABOUT EQUITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY • 23 not to say that there were not many strong teachers serving low-income children, but the research has overwhelmingly indicated that these children have typically not received the best teaching.

It didn’t really matter whether students were scoring high or scoring low. Nowadays that is not the case. I’ve heard all the arguments that all we’re doing is teaching to the test, but it’s not that. We have time lines we follow, but this is not the only thing we teach. We still follow our regular curriculum and do the regular things we do throughout the day. JOHNSON, JR. media class that we offer for editing, TV production, radio production. We participate in Academic Decathlon. In fact, for a couple of years we had the regional champions.

Specifically, we need to study curricula that are being used with low-income students and with students of color. Furthermore, we need to look carefully at the relationship of the state’s tests to the state’s academic standards, especially as these relate to equity. As we examine each of these issues, we need to realize that it is highly likely that there will be contradictory evidence on equity effects. In fact, we already know that these contradictions exist on curriculum issues. Linda McNeil has found a dumbing down and narrowing of curricula for low-income children, while we and others have found substantially improved curricula in some schools and districts.

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