Yes, I am. However, I am also willing to acknowledge that I don’t know how this should be done.
Your suggestion of comparing schools with other schools teaching the same kind of kids is problematic. What constitutes the “same kinds” of kids? No two kids are alike.
Your argument that school effectiveness should be predicated on the kids-great. Who would argue against such a thing? But what does this entail?
Everyone wants “accountability” in education, yet no one seems to have any legitimate explanation of what this means. The sad truth is that a good portion of this “accountability” talk is a way for parents to exempt themselves from their children's education by placing full responsibility on the teacher, who on average juggles 200 kids a year.
The unfortunate part is when kids get A’s, it is because they worked hard and deserve it. When kids get F’s, it is obviously the fault of an unaccountable teacher who is shielded by a union. This line of thinking is not only ridiculous, but such behavior from parents leads kids to lack personal responsibility, which is then carried into adulthood.
People might be surprised to learn that if parents took more responsibility for their children’s education, more children would succeed. There is no denying that the role of parents in this area has shifted dramatically over the decades.