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ERIC Number: ED312300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-20
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Educational Performance: California's School Quality Indicator System.
Fetler, Mark
The evolution of California's school accountability program, its current status, and some future directions are discussed. Public recognition of the need for school improvement resulted in California's Hughes Hart Education Reform Act (SB 813) of 1983, leading to the development of the California accountability program. Program components include: (1) an annual statewide performance report on the status of uniform educational quality indicators; (2) annual individual school progress reports; (3) suggested goals for improvement in performance; (4) school self-reports on local quality indicators; and (5) an active program of school recognition. School performance reports are considered public information and are used in screening schools for the California School Recognition Program to reward achievement. New directions for the accountability program include: the preparation and distribution of school accountability report cards each year; the development of strategies for identifying and improving at-risk schools; and the development of a state plan for program improvement to encompass accountability standards for school programs under the federal reauthorization of Chapter 1 (Public Law 100-297, 1988). California's schools are presently undergoing enormous changes. However, despite these changes, accountability has proven to be a continuing theme in California's educational policy discussions. Accountability, conceived as the measurement of performance and the setting of goals, is providing for the effective and fair use of school resources. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A