ERIC Number: ED453306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Individual School Report Cards: Empowering Parents and Communities To Hold Schools Accountable.
This report examines how to hold schools accountable for educational quality. Collecting and disseminating school performance data to parents and the public is one accountability measure that school districts can implement. Most states currently produce school report cards or school profiles, which offer important information on their schools. However, 13 states do not produce these report cards, and many that do fail to include important data, much of which is already collected, that could make the profiles more useful for parents and administrators. The Center for Community Change identified various specific indicators that could be required on individual school report cards in all states (e.g., assessment scores, average class size by grade, four-year graduation rates, and indicators of overcrowding). The Center surveyed the 50 states to investigate the variety of school report cards that currently exist, determine how many states report the minimal list of data, and examine formats through which parents receive information. The Center recommends that administrators, policymakers, parents, and children receive much more than simply the assessment scores of students at the school. Three appendixes present sources and links to examples, Web site addresses for state report cards, and a matrix on current state report cards. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Low Income Groups, Parent Empowerment, Parent Participation, Quality Control, Standardized Tests, State Standards, Student Evaluation
Center for Community Change, 1000 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-342-0567; Web site: http://www.communitychange.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Community Change, Washington, DC.