There is, though, perhaps a way to align the incentives of educators and students, at least if teachers are truly worried not about being held accountable, but that imposed accountability systems won’t work.
School choice would let parents take their children and the money to educate them to any school they like, and give educators the freedom to set up schools however they see fit. Then teachers would cease having assessment systems “disrespectfully” imposed on them, and system-wide accountability would come from good schools attracting and retaining students, and bad ones going out of business.
Unfortunately, the one thing teachers unions seem to hate even more than tying compensation to test scores is breaking up the government schooling monopoly. But if they want to stop all the dissing, they might just need to start earning their money.
Neal McCluskey is associate director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom and author of the book Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education.