ERIC Number: ED092577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Criteria for Evaluating State Education Accountability Systems.
National Education Association, Washington, DC.
In addition to some general and basic principles regarding the importance of an acceptable accountability system, a number of specific criteria for evaluating state accountability programs is provided. The stated purposes of such a system and the specific uses of the resulting data should be clear and concise. Local control must be retained and participation by students, parents, and professionals is desirable. Data collected on the effectiveness of the school must reflect the complexities of the educative process and provide feedback to determine whether program elements and conditions are of a caliber which would make possible high levels of performance by the staff. Emphasis is placed on the dangers of the misuse of standardized achievement tests and comments are made concerning publicization of test results and comparisons between school districts. Finally, the cost factors in terms of time and personnel of such an accountability system are discussed. (RC)
Descriptors: Accountability, Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, School District Autonomy, State Programs, Testing Programs, Tests
Not available separately; See TM003687
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.