ERIC Number: ED418202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Toward a K-12 Education Accountability System in Washington State.
Hill, Paul T.; Lake, Robin J.
An accountability system is proposed for the education system in Washington. Reform efforts in Washington have been designed to create a school-centered system in which state standards motivate teachers, parents, and principals to search for more effective ways to help students learn. Drawing on the experience of other states, recommendations are made for a statewide accountability system that will: (1) promote school-level instructional improvement by eliminating compliance-oriented rules and regulations and transferring real-dollar resources to schools; (2) stimulate creation of a range of public and private assistance sources; (3) measure and report real, unadjusted student achievement scores; (4) empower local school districts to classify schools, reward success at the local level, work with struggling schools, and reconstitute schools that consistently fail their students; (5) re-align the responsibilities of existing state agencies; (6) create a new State Accountability Commission to review school district progress toward the state standards; and (7) allow teachers and principals to hold students accountable for diligent effort and reasonable behavior. The proposed accountability system meets the standard that all education reform efforts must meet, that of being serious enough to make real measures of student performance, assign clear responsibilities to all actors, and acknowledge the connections between educators' efforts and student achievement. (Contains two figures, two tables, and seven references.) An appendix reviews five state accountability designs. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Boeing Co., Seattle, WA.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Identifiers: Reform Efforts; Washington
Note: Funding also received from the Washington Roundtable.