ERIC Number: ED333023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
North Carolina's School Improvement and Accountability Act: A Description of Local District Proposals.
Holdzkom, David; Kuligowski, Barbara
Under the School Improvement and Accountability Act (SIAA) of 1989, North Carolina school districts developed plans for educational improvement. During the 1989-90 school year, 134 school districts developed responses to the SIAA, and all included differentiated teacher salary/pay plans. These pay plans are analyzed, and several generalizations are drawn. Six models for salary differentiation are described: certification, special assignment, task differentiation, merit, incentive, and school/student outcomes. It is contended that most of the pay plans did not demonstrate any virtue beyond acceptability; pay plans were largely characterized by an inability to differentiate among teachers. Plans were generally short-term and supportive of current practice, with a limited focus on potential revision. For school improvement to take place, districts need to: (1) commit to improvement; (2) focus on inputs or outputs; (3) analyze changes expected for the next year; (4) identify accountability and the role of evaluation; and (5) study long-term projections. Two tables and one flowchart complement the text. A 30-item list of references is included. The SIAA, school improvement indicators established by the North Carolina State Board of Education, and a list of waivers submitted by local North Carolina school districts under the SIAA are appended. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991). Appendix A, the text of the North Carolina "School Improvement and Accountability Act," will not reproduce well.