ERIC Number: ED392757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment and Accountability: Report from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Task Force on Improving Kentucky Schools.
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington, KY.
As part of a Kentucky effort to improve public education and to increase taxpayer confidence in expanded educational funding, a citizen committee examined and made recommendations on approaches to school accountability and assessment, particularly student testing in the Kentucky Instructional Results Information System (KIRIS). The recommendations were: (1) to accelerate the creation of information that clarifies academic standards, guides the creation of questions in KIRIS, and helps teachers understand the academic content and skills that they are expected to teach; (2) to allow neither the legislature nor the Kentucky Department of Education to lower academic standards; (3) to have the Kentucky Department of Education incorporate the advances of relevant recent research into KIRIS; (4) to have the Kentucky Department of Education research and develop alternative methods and measures to supplement KIRIS with alternative recognitions of school performance as part of its regular planning process; (5) to constantly scrutinize and adjust the types and nature of school rewards and sanctions; (6) to have the Kentucky Department of Education, with public involvement, find ways to provide incentives for students and educators; (7) to find ways to make test reports useful to parents; and (8) to create an Assessment Forum to help the citizen committee review KIRIS periodically and suggest ways to continuously improve the measurement and attainment of high academic standards. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Alternative Assessment, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, Public Schools, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Test Construction, Test Results, Testing
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington, KY.
Identifiers: Kentucky; Kentucky State Department of Education