ERIC Number: ED464412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Designing School Accountability Systems: Towards a Framework and Process.
This document presents three different views of accountability to address state needs as their departments of education design, improve, or review their state accountability and reporting systems. The first of three sections presents the system-design decision process as a linear sequence of ten steps from defining the purposes of the accountability system to defining what will be reported and how data will be combined to make an accountability judgment. The second section provides alignment questions to help a state consider the internal consistency of its existing accountability policies. The third section provides descriptions of states that exemplify major models of accountability designs as outlined in the previous two sections. An appendix provides a list of references, along with example documents that illustrate some tangible deliverables a state department of education might have to produce when designing and implementing an accountability system, such as federal laws affecting accountability, advisory committee recommendation reports regarding accountability and reporting system design, accountability systems implemented in law, and accountability system technical manuals. A roster of fall 2001 Accounting Systems and Reporting participants concludes the document. (Contains 24 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Design, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, State Departments of Education, State Programs
Council of Chief State School Officers, Attn: Publications, One Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001 ($10). Tel: 202-336-7016; Fax: 202-408-8072; Web site: http://www.ccsso.org/publications.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
Note: A publication of the State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) Accountability Systems and Reporting (ASR) Consortium.