ERIC Number: ED475046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Are We There Yet? Accountability for the Performance of Students with Disabilities. Technical Report.
Bolt, Sara; Krentz, Jane; Thurlow, Martha
Accountability systems that provide rewards, sanctions, or assistance to schools based on student achievement outcomes are currently being developed and implemented in nearly every state. The purpose of this study was to identify and describe these systems, as well as to determine the degree to which publicly available documents clearly articulate whether students with disabilities are included in accountability calculations. A search was conducted on each state educational agency Web site for information pertaining to school-level accountability. State accountability and Title I directors were also contacted to provide additional information. Results indicate that many systems are currently in a stage of revision. Primary indicators in current school accountability systems include student performance on statewide assessments, performance growth on statewide assessments, attendance rates, and dropout rates. Although it was often clear that students with disabilities participated in statewide assessments, it was frequently less clear whether their scores count in school accountability calculations. Only in Delaware, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Vermont was it entirely clear that all students with disabilities truly count in the determination of consequences for schools. An appendix includes excerpts from inclusion policies for students with disabilities in accountability systems from four states representing full inclusion practices. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/CR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Inclusive Schools, Outcomes of Education, State Departments of Education, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations
National Center on Educational Outcomes, Univ. of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($15). Tel: 612-624-8561; Fax: 612-624-0879; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.education.umn.edu/NCEO.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.; National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.