ERIC Number: ED363493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-3
Reference Count: N/A
The Argument for Accountability That Works. A Position Statement of the National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education.
Goniprow, Alexander T.
The National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education (NASDME) is committed to develop and support an educational accountability system that works. A good accountability system should: (1) accurately report on the efforts of migrant education and the progress of migrant children served; (2) reward or sanction the appropriate entities or practices; and (3) result in a higher probability that migrant children will succeed in school. NASDME offers recommendations to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Education as to how the accountability system in migrant education can begin to approach these ideals. These recommendations are: (1) continued federal support for development of a flexible performance indicator system incorporating Office of Educational Research and Improvement's design criteria; (2) authorization and funding of high quality evaluation designs, especially randomized field experiments, for evaluating program effects and program variations; (3) dissemination of the program monitoring instrument to the states 1 year in advance of its use; and (4) support for an optional peer monitoring and compliance review program. In addition, NASDME recommends that its members work to improve each other and take responsibility for assessing the quality of the migrant education program at an annual leadership retreat. Several models for educational accountability are described, including performance reporting, monitoring and compliance, incentive systems, free market theory, school-based management, and professional autonomy and responsibility. (SV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education.