ERIC Number: ED419275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Designing and Implementing Standards-Based Accountability Systems.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
To help educators with accountability concerns, this guide provides a method for establishing and evaluating accountability systems in states, districts, and schools. Standards-based accountability refers to collecting and reporting information based on students' progress toward achieving established standards. To be useful, an accountability system must meet the varying information needs of parents, educators, policy-makers and the public. Ten policy issues can help establish this information base including: defining purposes and goals; establishing a design and implementing a process; deciding who will be held accountable and how progress will be measured; how performance and progress will be compared; at what levels data will be collected and reported; administrators should weigh the costs of implementing such a system; creating assessment with rewards, sanctions, and other incentives; helping the public understand results; supporting teachers, schools, and districts; and fine-tuning the system. Two appendices provide indicators of state accountability systems and a glossary of terms. (RJM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Development, School Administration, School Effectiveness, Standards
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.