ERIC Number: ED447393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Do We Practice What We Preach? Special Report on Standards, Assessment, Accountability, and Interventions. Report #4, Fall 2000.
Duttweiler, Patricia Cloud
This study was designed to analyze the implementation of state and district mandated academic standards, assessment processes, accountability, and intervention strategies at the middle-school level. Its goal is to identify and describe intervention strategies that are effective in increasing the ability of middle school students in at-risk situations to achieve state or district academic standards. Seventeen states identified by Achieve, a bipartisan, nonprofit organization created by governors and business leaders to support efforts to raise academic standards and improve student performance, participated in the study. The survey asked a number of questions related to standards-based reform, such as whether states provided funding for intervention programs to help students who are failing or are in danger of failing; and whether dropout rates have increased as a result of the implementation of higher standards. The results of survey questions are presented in table form throughout the report. In sum, the report argues that states should use their newly established and more rigorous standards to develop interventions that provide teachers with the skills and knowledge required to teach to the highest standards, along with providing students with additional opportunities to achieve the highest standards. It urges that interventions be in place before accountability measures are enforced. (Contains 5 tables and 32 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.