True Accountability with John Tanner

In this episode, educational writer and thought leader John Tanner shares insights on how his Benefits-Based Accountability Framework can help school districts make the shift from a Portrait of a Graduate to a true accountability system for long-term school success. As the founder of Brave Ed, Tanner also provides a historical summary of high-stakes testing in schools and why policymakers continue to utilize a narrow approach to data collection that creates a “punishment-based” system for school districts. Finally, Tanner offers advice to school leaders on how to change the narrative around accountability by engaging stakeholders in new conversations about what benefits should provided to students throughout the K-12 school experience. Twitter: @testsensejt. Website:

Meet John Tanner
John Tanner is an educational writer and thought leader committed to a benefits-based accountability in every school and community. John has spent his entire educational career focused on educational accountability. He started his career in testing when that was considered the best means for an educational accountability and has served as a state test director and an executive at a leading test publisher. He served as the director of accountability efforts for one of the leading educational organizations in the country, which is when he began doing the research and formulating the ideas for what a True Accountability should look like. He founded braveEd (formerly Test Sense) in 2009. John lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. You can follow him on Twitter at @testsenesejt.

About Dr. Greg Goins
As the Founder/Host of the Reimagine Schools Podcast, Dr. Greg Goins has emerged as one of the nation’s leading voices on visionary leadership and the path to transforming our schools. He currently serves as the Director of the Educational Leadership Program at Georgetown College (KY) and previously spent 15 years as a school district superintendent in Illinois. Dr. Goins is a passionate keynote speaker and is available to speak at your next education conference or school PD day. To book Dr. Goins, please send inquiries to  Twitter: @DrGregGoins.
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