Demonstrating Accountability

This section of the ATESL Curriculum Framework considers what accountability is, who we (i.e., curriculum developers) are accountable to, and what we are accountable for. It then provides considerations for reviewing and revising a curriculum plan after it has been implemented.1 Reviewing a curriculum involves investigating whether it is relevant to the target audience and is providing effective and adequate support to teaching and learning. Reviewing a curriculum also considers the level of congruence between the curriculum as it was planned and the curriculum as it is being lived out in the classroom. A review can serve as a summative evaluation in order to report results and maintain accountability with stakeholders. It may also play a more formative role by informing revisions to the curriculum and changes to the course. Ultimately, this section encourages programs to pause, take stock, and investigate ways they can better serve the learning needs of their learners.