ERIC Number: ED435129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Research Design for "Kyosei" Western Assessment Collaborative at WestEd.
WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
This document outlines the Western Assessment Collaborative's (WAC) approach to evaluation and the design for examining the progress and impact of Kyosei (spirit of cooperation), a multiyear partnership with 10 schools and 4 districts that engages participants in a set of integrated, research-based professional development strategies. The text describes the WAC and its work with a number of partner schools, districts, and professional development or school-reform networks. It explores the valuative tools used for Kyosei and other WAC activities and the goal to improve the work, assess outcomes and impacts, and generate and share knowledge. The paper outlines the evaluation design and explores how Kyosei provides the capacity for authentic accountability. The document then addresses four questions about Accountability Dialogues: (1) What are the characteristics of effective Accountability Dialogues? (2) Does participation in, and the implementation of, Accountability Dialogues result in authentic accountability and improved student performance? (3) What strategies are most effective to assist schools and districts in conducting Accountability Dialogues? and (4) How does one "scale up" the preparation of schools and districts to become authentically accountable? Some of the evaluation procedures are briefly described. The booklet includes two attachments that further explain accountability systems. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.