ERIC Number: ED326949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Accountability in Education. Policy Briefs, Number Fourteen.
Brown, Patricia R.
An overview of accountability in public education is presented in this publication. Contents include a review of recent accountability efforts, an outline of a comprehensive accountability model, an analysis of accountability strategies, and a discussion of means for incorporating system indicators into the larger systemic framework. A conclusion is that policymakers face a choice between a bureaucratic-legal and a professional-political strategy model. The former promotes adherence to rules and consistency, yet its focus on goal achievement hinders creativity. The latter's indirect control of the process renders it more vulnerable to inefficiency and misuse. Policymakers must address the accountability process as well as system indicators, examining the interactions among the responsibility of various educational actors, goals, resources, standards, and rewards/sanctions. A special insert includes the following articles: "Nevada's Annual Report Card," by Stanley Chow and Myrna Matranga; "New Accountablilty for Utah Schools," by Steven T. Bossert; "Accountability in Arizona," by Robert T. Stout; and "California's Role in School Accountability," by Mark Fetler. (5 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: Arizona; California; Nevada; Utah