I think educators should go further and set up reciprocal accountability at a local, state and national level. For example, teacher effectiveness should be correlated to a range of factors that are informed by students' SES. What is society doing (via a local, state or national infrastructures) to foster the conditions that will help teachers be more effective? Suggestions include:
- Children are well-rested and well-fed.
- Children have opportunities for quiet-time to reflect about their learning and/or do homework.
- Children have safe and numerous opportunities to play/participate in recreation outside of the school environment.
- Children have access to fully-funded libraries with fully-supported technology.
- Children have access to school facilities and programs, via public funding, that reflect those in wealthy independent schools.
- Teacher:student ratios reflect those of highly successful independent schools (after all, if it's good enough for wealthy kids, it should be good enough for poor kids).
- Children have access to full healthcare.
- Children's families have access to home ownership and job counseling.