ERIC Number: ED451312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
The Need for Developing Procedural Accountability in Title I Schoolwide Programs. Publication Series No. 2.
Wang, Margaret C.; Wong, Kenneth K.; Kim, Jeong-Ran
This paper recommends developing an infrastructure of federal support and federal assessment of student performance to ensure that schoolwide programs in high poverty neighborhoods are able to meet specific legislative goals. It argues for closer links between the federal government and school districts in helping schoolwide programs develop coherent instructional strategies. These federal initiatives constitute procedural accountability in Title I schoolwide policy. Procedural accountability is a way to measure the extent to which knowledge is used effectively to meet the legislative expectations of the Title I program. This paper synthesizes lessons learned from existing studies of Title I, reports preliminary findings from ongoing research on schoolwide programs, discusses implications for policy development, and proposes a vision of the federal government as a supportive partner in procedural accountability for Title I schoolwide programs. Research indicates that teachers and principals have a strong sense of accountability in effective schools, more effective schools are likely to meet Improving America's Schools Act requirements, and districtwide academic standards have an impact on schoolwide programs. Policy recommendations include: strengthen the accountability function of the district; build a knowledge base; and hold schools accountable for raising expectations for all students. (Contains 28 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Educational Legislation, Educational Quality, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Poverty, School Districts, School Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Lab. for Student Success, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I