ERIC Number: ED428455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Education Accountability Systems in 50 States. Updated.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This booklet examines performance-based education accountability systems in the United States. It defines the four components of these accountability systems--standards and assessments, multiple indicators, rewards, and sanctions--and discusses which ones are found in each state and whether or not they appear in law or regulation. All four components may or may not exist in any one state and any or all may occur in one of two ways: as a mandate from the state or as a part of education policy and/or regulation. Data for the study were collected using phone calls to state departments of education and searches of statute books, online databases, and state Web sites. The components of accountability systems in each state are identified in a chart, and the statute number for an accountability component, if applicable, is identified by statute number. The four main categories of multiple indicators for accountability--the component that links standards and assessments to rewards and sanctions--are likewise detailed state by state. The publication is designed to help policymakers see how their state compares to others in developing performance-based accountability systems and understand what effect state authority to control the schools versus decentralization has on accountability systems. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Comparative Analysis, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Utilization, National Surveys, Performance Based Assessment, Policy Formation, Student Evaluation
Education Commission of the States, Distribution Center, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427; Tel: 303-266-3692 (item no. SI-99-8; $7.50 plus $3 postage and handling; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Identifiers - Location: United States