ERIC Number: ED408697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Using Accountability as a Lever for Changing the Culture of Schools: Examining District Strategies. First Edition.
McCary, Mack; And Others
What does it mean to be a "good" school district? What are the actions needed to establish a culture of continuous and long-term improvement? This document was written for school and district leaders interested in exploring how to frame and understand accountability for quality. It explores what it really means for a school district to hold itself accountable at all levels. Chapter 1 summarizes the unintended consequences that result from accreditation and accountability policies that put too much pressure on schools to raise test scores. The second chapter tells the story of one school district--Elizabeth City-Pasquotank School District in North Carolina--that developed accountability strategies around the belief that encouraging good school-based thinking about quality teaching and learning practices would lead to good test results. The district strategies evolved over 4 years to include: (1) developing a new set of "process" indicators; (2) district leaders visiting and talking with school faculty; (3) training teachers in classroom assessment; (4) supporting the development of school-based authentic assessment approaches; (5) developing promotion/intervention policies that clarify expectations for student progress and demand accountability from students and parents as well as schools; and (6) involving school administrators and all teachers in the development of agreed-upon standards for "good" teaching in the basics. Chapter 3 discusses how the strategies encouraged accountability at several levels. Appendices include the district's proposed districtwide indicators, a support staff feedback-survey, components of the grades 1-6 communication-skills program, an evaluation rubric for senior project presentations, and the K-8 promotion-intervention policy. (Contains 33 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Change Strategies, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Organizational Climate, Performance, School Culture, School Districts, Scores
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro. School of Education.; SERVE: SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education.