ERIC Number: ED357471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
School Accountability Reports: Lessons Learned in SREB States.
Gaines, Gale F.; Cornett, Lynn M.
This policy paper is the second in a Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) series on accountability reporting. This paper describes several problems states have encountered in their initial school report-card efforts, some of the lessons they have learned, and some of the questions that must be answered. Following the introduction, the first section presents information on data collection and verification, with a focus on the kind of information being reported, information management, issues concerning individual school reporting, and the shift to higher standards. Section 2 describes how the southern states establish standards that reflect higher expectations for student performance, determine who sets the standards, and demonstrate progress over time for all students. Suggestions for designing a useful school report that is relevant to its audience are offered in section 3, which also discusses the processes for interpreting the results and taking action on them. The final section outlines several lessons learned, first emphasizing that simply reporting outcomes without also designing ways to use the results will be of little benefit. One table presents data on the type of information reported on selected indicators of student performance by state. (LMI)
Descriptors: Accountability, Data Collection, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Utilization, Information Needs, Information Utilization, Performance, Productivity, Public Schools, State Standards
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5790 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.