ERIC Number: ED421792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Shifting the Focus to Learning: California's Accountability Debates. State Experts Discuss How Accountability Can Improve Student Achievement. EdSource Report.
EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Based on an April 1998 conference, this EdSource report focuses on what several prominent education experts and school district superintendents perceive as the primary challenges and opportunities faced by California's school accountability movement. Gerald Hayward, a policy analyst, believes that any proposed accountability system should be based on clear, rigorous standards, aligned with teacher preparation and curriculum materials, and be accompanied by positive and negative consequences. Michael Kirst, professor and policy analyst, is wary of top-down systems imposed on teachers and sees internal accountability and capacity building as essential elements. Elaine Johnson, a teacher expert, fears accountability's use as a club to beat up teachers and believes society also must be held accountable for creating an inhospitable atmosphere for public education. Improved professional development would be more effective than a behaviorist, carrot-and-stick approach. Scot Hill, a standards expert, emphasizes the importance of establishing world-class academic standards and developing a well-thought-out assessment system like STAR, California's new Standardized Testing and Reporting Program. Three superintendents, frustrated with state education policies, want better staff development and more resources for California's schools. Consensus is still needed on many difficult questions. (MLH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California