ERIC Number: ED431138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Taking Off! Sharing State-Level Accountability Strategies. Using Academic and Vocational Accountability Strategies To Improve Student Achievement.
Rahn, Mikala L.; O'Driscoll, Patricia; Hudecki, Phyllis
This document shares lessons learned related to states' strategies to improve accountability. Case studies describe promising practices or particular strategies within an accountability system that have operationalized six standards identified by the National Association of State Boards of Education. The introduction discusses accountability and the two contrary directions in which vocational education has been pulled by the conflicting ends of work force development and school reform. Section 2, Setting Standards, describes standard-setting efforts in vocational education programs, state systemic accountability efforts, and industry-based partnerships. Section 3, Assessment Systems, describes systems with one or more of three purposes: measure individual student learning, certify students' skill mastery, and collect information on program performance. Section 4, Curriculum Strategies, focuses on curriculum strategies to support state standards: technical assistance; lesson plan collection and dissemination; and integrated projects. Section 5, System Supports, describes strategies states use to ensure that standards, assessment, and curriculum work together to support improvement of student achievement. Section 6, Quality Assurance, provides examples of how states monitor program performance: industry-based program certification and state accreditation. Section 7, Policy Linkages, provides examples of state reform efforts that have encouraged collaboration among state-level agencies and advanced cooperation and partnerships among local and state practitioners, community members, parents, and employers to support academic achievement of all students. Section 8, Resources, contains 60 references and forms for creating a state's accountability practice. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Quality, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, State Government, State Programs, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.