ERIC Number: ED483724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Alternatives for Florida's Assessment and Accountability System. Policy Brief.
Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Arizona State University College of Education
There is broad agreement that public education must be accountable. Florida's current accountability system is, however, not the only model available. Accountability does not have to mean tax money provided or withheld on the basis of test scores. This brief describes the current federal mandates for state accountability, professional standards for testing and accountability, and testing and accountability options that currently exist or have existed in practice outside Florida. The No Child Left Behind Act does not bind states to their current plans indefinitely. Florida, therefore, has considerable freedom to change its current assessment and accountability system. The state is free to create alternatives to those components of its accountability system which are ineffective while retaining those that work well. This brief recommends that Florida continue to track student achievement and provide technical assessment assistance to low-performing schools.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Academic Standards, Student Evaluation, Rewards, Public Education, Academic Achievement, Accountability, Public Education, Change Strategies
Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, College of Education, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 872411, Tempe, AZ 85287-2411. Tel: 480-965-1886; Fax: 480-965-0303; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://edpolicylab.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Education Policy Studies Lab.