ERIC Number: ED454619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Justification Review: Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program.
Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Seven schools each in five Florida school districts were examined after they had received a rating of F by the state's accountability plan. The ratings are based on Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test levels for reading, math, and writing as well as attendance-related data. Using criteria developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Comprehensive School reform, this review attempted to determine through interviews and surveys whether the initiatives in use at the school were based on accepted practices. After surveying these schools, some general conclusions were made. School districts may benefit from privatizing some services. Florida's accountability system lacks meaningful accountability measures in Exceptional Student Education, the first two years of ESL, Vocational Education, Fiscal Efficiency, and Readiness between school levels. A simpler and more standardized method of data collection should be established. Better indicators of parental involvement should be developed. Reading scores remained relatively constant with math and writing most improved. Performance indicators are mixed, with low reading scores and low graduation rates primary concerns. In general, the accountability of school districts needs to be similar from school to school, and current performance measures and benchmarks are insufficient. (RKJ)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, School District Reorganization, School District Spending, School Effectiveness, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Note: Review conducted by David Summers, Pamela Allen, and Mark Frederick.