ERIC Number: ED105663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-8
Reference Count: 0
A Mid-Course Evaluation of the Accountability Movement.
Frazier, Calvin M.
Accountability has at times seemed more a harbinger of conflict than a vehicle for improved student learning. While some argue that federal accountability measures have been only superficially utilized in many instances, federal mandates have probably done more to sensitize educators to accountability than any other stimulus. Different states have approached accountability through state assessment programs, personnel evaluation programs, accreditation, or comprehensive systems involving all the accountability elements. Legislators have often seen accountability as a way to get feedback on the systems that consume much of the state budget. Administrators and teachers have often felt that another system, developed without their involvement, has been imposed on them by the state. Too often students have felt accountability's impact in an increasing number of tests and a subtle change in curriculum. Some say the accountability movement will be replaced by growing interest in alternative schools or another movement. But even in other movements, accountability questions must be addressed, for ultimately they have validity only as they deal with the purposes of education. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at National Forum on Accountability (Denver, Colorado, May 8-9, 1975)