ERIC Number: ED425597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Desired Characteristics for State and School District Educational Accountability Reports. Technical Report 22.
Nelson, J. Ruth; Ysseldyke, James E.; Thurlow, Martha L.
This report discusses the findings of a study that compared identified desirable characteristics of state accountability reports with 20 accountability reports generated by 7 states. Desirable characteristics included (1) clarity (the intended audience, statements of purpose, a description of the population being reported on and the states' conceptual model for its accountability system); (2) comprehensiveness in the reporting of inputs, processes, and results for students, especially students with disabilities; (3) provide comparative information with changes over time between schools, districts, states, regions, or standards; (4) conciseness or carefully chosen indicators so that no more information is given than is necessary; (5) cautions (against misinterpretations of the data or against any unintended consequences); (6) confidentiality; (7) good formats so that reports are well-organized, readable, and interesting. Results found none of the reports contained every desirable characteristic. Very few reports were clear as to who was included, the conceptual model, and assumptions. Many reports were comprehensive, concise, and comparative, but were also unclear in their presentation of information. Only four of the states provided disaggregated data on students with disabilities. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Data Interpretation, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Input Output Analysis, Outcomes of Education, School Effectiveness, Special Education, Student Participation, Technical Writing
National Center on Education Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455; telephone: 612-624-8561; fax: 612-624-0879; Web site: http://www.coled.umn.edu/NCEO ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.; National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.