ERIC Number: ED421762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Education Accountability Systems in 50 States.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This report presents the manner in which a systemic approach of combining standards, assessment, and accountability into a unified set of laws and regulations has been coming onto the state scene for the past 2 decades. A complete performance-based education accountability system includes four components: standards and assessment, multiple indicators, rewards, and sanctions. To help track the progress of evaluating performance-based assessment, a discussion of each of these four components, along with information on which ones are found in each state and whether they appear in law or regulation, is offered. The data were collected over a 6-month period in 1997. This information was designed to help policymakers see how their state compares to others in developing performance-based accountability systems, in judging what performance indicators states favor, in seeing who uses rewards and sanctions, and in knowing what effect state authority to control the school versus decentralization has on accountability systems. The text focuses on alignment issues, state patterns, complete systems, multiple indicators, the use of indicators, an analysis by locus of authority, and an analysis by models of governance. The nonalignment of system components, the issue of whether a component in regulation has the same legitimacy as a component in statute, and the absence of records are also explored. Two appendices offer information on a state's authority to control the schools and education governance in the 50 states. (RJM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Outcomes of Education, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Factors, School Effectiveness, Standards
Education Commission of the States, Distribution Center, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 (Stock No. SI-97-12; $7.50, plus $3 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Identifiers - Location: United States