ERIC Number: ED406739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Accountability in the 1990s: Holding Schools Responsible for Student Achievement.
Cornett, Lynn M.; Gaines, Gail
In the 1990s, accountability initiatives emphasize local problem solving and decision making. This report describes recent efforts in Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states to increase local accountability for student learning, with emphasis on the "reward-and-sanction" programs that some states are including in their education accountability systems. This guidebook describes how SREB states are measuring and reporting progress and identifies the rewards offered for student achievement. Seven states (Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas) provide financial rewards for raising student achievement. A detailed matrix depicts features of accountability programs in the SREB states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The guidebook also describes early outcomes of sanctions and assistance programs. It is recommended that educators and state leaders: (1) get tests and assessments right; (2) balance action with planning and evaluation; (3) make sure that programs are easy to understand; (4) provide help for educators to change; and (5) create a comprehensive accountability program. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.