ERIC Number: ED166789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Some Political Aspects of Accountability Mandates.
Although there has always been some form of accountability in education, in the last decade the American educational system has instituted a new kind of accountability. This accountability has sprung from increased federal involvement in education, states' needs to justify increased educational expenditures, and increased citizen involvement in local education. Disappointing experiences in accountability programs have stemmed from ambiguities in purpose and definitions, inability to determine what factors are responsible for achievement differences, and political resistance to the programs. There is some basis for better systems of accountability in public skepticism about education and teachers' ability to contribute to accountability programs. Although some elements in state-level accountability programs seem promising, it is still unknown whether policy-makers can devise effective programs. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Citizen Participation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Teacher Participation, Testing Programs
Not available separately--see EA 011 280
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.
Note: Paper from "The Changing Politics of Education: Prospects for the 1980's" (EA 011 280); For related documents, see EA 011 280-309