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ERIC Number: ED429122
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Linking Assessment and School Success.
Raham, Helen
Measuring school and system performance presents a major challenge and opportunity for governments. The public is demanding stringent quality reviews to ensure that the multi-billion dollar education investment has the greatest possible impact on student learning. Current methods to evaluate system performance do not do a good job of demonstrating how well students achieve intended goals or the impact of program spending. Effective accountability systems will embody a continuous cycle of assessment, analysis, and action. Agreement on the indicators and tools to assess them is only a first step. Attention must be paid to policy options for developing effective strategies to focus the system on results and building school capacity for improvement. Promising new strategies across North America are examined, including setting targets, publishing school profiles, incentive plans and sanctions, school performance contracts, and new personnel practices. Truly effective accountability systems will be those that change the internal dynamics of our schools and address the will and capacity of schools to use performance data to improve their practices and engage the whole community in supporting improved student learning. (Contains 29 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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