ERIC Number: ED401626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Reforming and Conforming: NASDC Principals Discuss School Accountability Systems.
Mitchell, Karen J.
The New American Schools Development Corporation (NASDC), a private nonprofit corporation, was created in 1991 to fund the development of new designs for high-performance schools. Since 1993, the designs have been implemented at over 200 schools nationwide. This book presents the findings of a formative evaluation conducted by RAND Corporation for NASDC. The study explored the elements of state and district accountability systems that facilitated and impeded innovative practice. Data were derived from visits made to 30 NASDC sites during spring 1995 and from telephone interviews conducted with 20 NASDC-school principals in summer 1995. A majority of the principals believed that standardized, multiple-choice tests failed to address the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that innovative programs seek to promote. In contrast, 85 percent of the principals in jurisdictions with performance-based accountability tests pointed to the close alignment that existed between reform goals and their states' assessments. They contended that performance-based tests model and support good classroom practice and help faculty focus on performance standards and student outcomes. The principals also identified problems associated with the reporting of school data on attendance, mobility, disciplinary referrals, course completion, graduation, promotion, and other student outcomes. It is recommended that NASDC and other reform sponsors educate and lobby at the state and district levels, to ask that accountability requirements be supplemented by explicit, congruent indicators. (Contains 16 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Assessment, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Outcomes of Education, Performance, Principals, Standardized Tests, Standards, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New American Schools Development Corp.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Inst. on Education and Training.