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Vocabulary words for Schools and Society Chapt 1

Accountability The process of requiring students to demonstrate understanding of the topics they study as measured by standardized tests, as well as holding educators at all levels responsible for students performance
Extrinsic rewards Rewards that come from outside oneself, such as job security and vacations
Professionalism An occupation characterized by a specialized body of knowledge with emphasis on autonomy, decision making, reflection, and ethical standards for conduct.
Assessment How student understanding is measured.
High-stakes test Assessments that states and districts use to determine whether or not students will advance from one grade to another, graduate from high school, or have access to specific fields of study.
Reflection The process of teachers' thinking about and analyzing their work to assess its effectiveness.
Autonomy The capacity to control one's own professional life.
Intrinsic rewards Rewards that come from within oneself and are personally satisfying for emotional or intellectual reasons.
Reforms Suggested changes in teaching and teacher preparation intended to increase the amount students learn.
Curriculum What teachers teach.
Merit Pay A supplement to a teacher's base salary intended to reward superior performance or work in a high-need area.
Standards Statements specifying what students should know and what skills they should have upon completing an area of study.
Decision-making Problem solving in ill-defined situations, based on professional knowledge.
Digital Portfolio A collection of materials contained in an electronic file that makes the information accessible to potential viewers.
Technician A person who uses specific skills to complete well-defined tasks.
Ethics Set of moral standards for acceptable professional behavior.
Professional Portfolio A collection of representative work materials to document developing knowledge and skills.
Created by: Xyrarose