ERIC Number: ED074098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb-9
Reference Count: 0
Cooperative Accountability Project: The Challenge of Accountability for Effective Sea Administration.
Woodington, Donald D.
Educational accountability is defined as "a condition of being accountable for the results . . . achieved in the elementary and secondary schools." Goals are basic to the accountability process. The effectiveness and efficiency of education are basically the responsibility of educators. The manner through which human and material resources are provided to support education is the responsibility of public groups. Agreement between the parties is essential, possibly through a written contract detailing objectives and responsibilities. School boards are accountable to the public for the selection of educational goals. Administrators and other district personnel are accountable to the school boards for maintaining a program appropriate for meeting agreed-upon objectives. Teacher accountability can be judged either by teaching ability and effort put forth or by specified pupil outcomes. Progress can be measured with a number of indices revealing the impact of schools upon the progress of students. The basic indices are school age pupil information, data on graduates, institutional information, and community information. The public is demanding proof that its educational system is doing what it is supposed to do. Colorado's Educational Accountability Act requires an accountability program in every district and emphasizes cost effectiveness. Colorado is the administering State for seven States involved in the Cooperative Accountability Project to study and provide assistance with accountability problems. (KM)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. Cooperative Accountability Project.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, February 1973