ERIC Number: ED440469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Research Roundup, v16 n1 Fall 1999
This issue reviews publications that provide a starting point for principals looking for a way through the accountability maze. Each publication views accountability differently, but collectively these readings argue that even in an era of state-mandated assessment, principals can pursue proactive strategies that serve students' needs. James A. Watts, Gale F. Gaines, and Joseph D. Creech's "Getting Results: A Fresh Look at School Accountability" describes the nature of comprehensive accountability systems. Charles Abelmann and Richard Elmore's "When Accountability Knocks, Will Anyone Answer?" shows that schools have internal accountability systems that influence the success of externally imposed standards. Karen Levesque, Denise Bradby, Kristi Rossi, and Peter Teitelbaum's "At Your Fingertips: Using Everyday Data to Improve Schools" provides school leaders with a guide to using school data to help chart the improvement process. Mack McCary, Joe Peel, and Wendy McColskey's "Using Accountability as a Lever for Changing the Culture of Schools: Examining District Strategies" describes the efforts of one district to develop a "culture of accountability" throughout the system. Robin J. Lake, Paul T. Hill, Lauren O'Toole, and Mary Beth Celio's "Making Standards Work: Active Voices, Focused Learning" examines the strategies used by Washington State schools to respond to state assessments. (DFR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Improvement Programs, Principals, School Effectiveness
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 ($2.50 prepaid; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.