ERIC Number: ED316585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Refining a Performance Accountability System in California: A Case Study of a Constitutional Initiative.
Fetler, Mark E.
In 1988, California voters passed a constitutional ballot initiative, Proposition 98, that required local districts to publish School Accountability Report Cards containing information on specific school characteristics. This study documents some key events leading to the passage of Proposition 98 and the subsequent implementation of the report cards. Events leading up to Proposition 98 include the publication of numerous national reports indicating the failure of public schools in the United States, the passage of the Hughes-Hart Education Report Act of 1983, a study in 1987 by Policy Analysis for California Education describing the poor state of financing in state public schools, and the institution of annual statewide and individual school performance reports. Proposition 98 requires more detailed reports of school performance and characteristics than were previously required and sets minimum funding levels for public schools and community colleges. The California State Department of Education and the Association of California School Administrators developed models of school accountability report cards; these models are compared and contrasted. The role of the California Parent-Teacher Association is also discussed. Overall, the program has been a cooperative effort involving legislators, bureaucrats, administrators, teachers, and parents, and the system of accountability that results will likely be achieved through numerous political compromises. Even so, the experience presumably still has value in getting people to work together for positive ends. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California