ERIC Number: ED061620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
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Accountability in Education. A Research Memorandum.
Thomas, Thomas C.; McKinney, Dorothy
This working paper treats research progress on educational accountability. The document first defines accountability and provides its historical background, gives some reasons for its current popularity, and establishes its relationship to the society that engendered it. Next, the paper focuses on the two major issues in accountability -- (1) its tools and techniques and (2) the way in which they are combined and put to work. Within the framework of the first issue, there is discussion of testing and evaluation incentives, collective bargaining, and institutional competitiveness. Scapegoating and the question of local control versus national standardization are taken up under the second issue. The document concludes with a discussion of various plans to implement accountability, such as incentive pay for teachers, performance contracting, program planning and budgeting systems, educational vouchers, and alternative schools within the public school system. (Author/JF) CH
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Research Inst., Menlo Park, CA. Educational Policy Research Center.
Note: Includes appendix: Comparison of Historical and Contemporary Movements for Accountability, by Paul Chapman