ERIC Number: ED395383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Measuring Up: Questions and Answers about State Roles in Educational Accountability.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Programs for the Improvement of Practice.
This booklet provides questions and answers that point to the increasing interest that states have in developing, shaping, and evaluating the success of schools. The booklet highlights the analysis and recommendations of representatives of 10 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and South Carolina) who were assembled by the United States Department of Education to study recent changes in accountability policies. Recommendations include: (1) make the purpose of the system clear to schools and to the public; (2) coordinate state and local data systems to ensure collecting data of maximum usefulness to both; (3) establish a blue-ribbon, independent body to oversee the system and recommend adjustments; (4) use multiple indicators of performance, not just test scores, to provide a fair and integrated picture of schooling; (5) consider a broad range of help to encourage both absolute high performance and comparative high performance; (6) when states intervene in cases of poor school performance, they should proceed in fair and well-defined stages; and (7) make school and district performance data public. The booklet also contains data collected by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in the fall of 1987, including a summary of the key dimensions of the 50 states' performance-accountability systems. Every state must answer the following six questions when designing an accountability system: Who designs the system? What data will the state or district collect? At what levels should data be collected and used? To whom should the data be reported and in what form? Should schools be compared and, if so, in what ways? and Should consequences be linked to the findings of accountability reports, and, if so, which ones? (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Programs for the Improvement of Practice.
Note: For the complete report of the OERI Study Group that is summarized here, see ED 299 706.