ERIC Number: ED456147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Accountability Dialogues: School Communities Creating Demand from Within.
This document introduces a new school accountability mechanism, the Accountability Dialogue. An Accountability Dialogue brings together educators, parents, and the larger school community to: (1) establish standards for school and student performance; (2) determine how the school is doing in relation to those standards; (3) investigate the conditions that contribute to the school's strengths and weaknesses; and (4) plan how to address the areas where improvement is needed. The Western Assessment Collaborative worked for 5 years with a set of districts and schools in their efforts to implement standards-based reform. By drawing on a multiplicity of perspectives and sources of data, Accountability Dialogues acknowledge, rather than ignore, each of the challenges raised by large-scale external accountability systems. At the same time that Accountability Dialogues accelerate the implementation of standards and facilitate the use of data to plan improvements, they also upset the traditional ways in which educators have related to parents, the community, and one another. The greatest promise of Accountability Dialogues lies in their potential to strengthen the relationships that are essential to sustained school improvement. Appendix A contains a checklist for planning and conducting Accountability Dialogues, and Appendix B contains overheads to introduce concepts of accountability and Accountability Dialogues. Appendix C contains materials for assisting participants to look at student performance data. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Parent Participation, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Standards
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.