ERIC Number: ED115607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct-31
Reference Count: 0
Mandates for Evaluation: The National Overview.
Walter, Franklin B.
The concept of accountability, or fixing responsibility for outcomes in education, is not new. As far back as 1912, administrators were responding enthusiastically to the idea of assessing teacher performance by objective criteria. Currently, the focus of the accountability movement is on evaluation. An evaluation procedure that would assist in the teaching-learning process as well as produce some measure of a teacher's effectiveness must include a clear definition of responsibilities, specific objectives, and assessment of results by these objectives. An evaluation system should be compatible with the mutual job expectations of both administrators and teachers. The individual being evaluated and the evaluator(s) should agree on performance objectives, work for their accomplishment, and jointly assess the results. Prevailing negative attitudes concerning education and, particularly, the effectiveness of our educational system have prompted education accountability and evaluation mandates. These legislative actions are attempts to mandate quality, and their success depends on the willingness of the educational community to monitor itself and to attempt to improve the quality of the teaching-learning situation. (PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators (Richmond, Kentucky, October 31, 1975)