ERIC Number: ED426510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Getting Results: A Fresh Look at School Accountability.
Watts, James A.; Gaines, Gale F.; Creech, Joseph D.
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), in cooperation with state leaders, has identified five policy areas that are crucial parts of a comprehensive school-accountability program. An overview of these policy areas is provided in this text. The five areas are content and student-achievement standards; testing; professional development; accountability reporting; and rewards, sanctions, and targeted assistance. Effective content and student-achievement standards are developed with a "consumer orientation" that includes communication with teachers, parents, and the public; such standards should be reasonable and attainable. Testing should embrace reliability and validity, have a clear purpose, be operationally feasible, and be aligned directly to content standards. Professional development should be focused on results in student achievement, be flexible and responsive to school needs, and be adequately funded. In conjunction with all these aims, accountability reporting must emphasize student achievement and educational results, be useful for school improvement, be concise and understandable, and provide timely and accurate information. The final component of school accountability involves rewards, sanctions, and targeted assistance. These elements must be fair, consistent, and equitable; be based on clear rules; be balanced with one another; and reward results. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Effectiveness, School Effectiveness
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.