ERIC Number: ED336874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Accountability Mechanisms for State Education Reform: Some Organizational Alternatives.
Findings from a study to explore organizational alternatives available to states for overseeing educational reform are presented in this paper. The structures and uses of eight exemplary state accountability mechanisms were analyzed. Seven of these mechanisms have already been implemented in South Carolina, Connecticut, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, New York, and California, and one is in the development stage. In each state, indepth telephone interviews were conducted with two to three state education staff. The first section analyzes the organization and design of different types of accountability mechanisms and highlights the various ways in which states approach accountability. The second section discusses how the approaches have worked by examining their uses and consequences. The concluding section proposes a set of critical components for state accountability mechanisms based on the positive experiences of the states studied. Five criteria for a state accountability mechanism include empowerment by state government, monitoring as a primary mission, independence from implementors, strong relationships with parties external to the government, and communication with multiple constituencies. Three tables are included. (29 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).