ERIC Number: ED485528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Grading the Systems: The Guide to State Standards, Tests, and Accountability Policies
Cross, Richard W., Ed.; Rebarber, Theodor, Ed.; Torres, Justin, Ed.
Thomas B Fordham Foundation and Institute
This project evaluated 30 state accountability systems, including each state's academic standards, assessments (in both reading and math and for elementary, middle, and high school), and the accountability policies that define success and failure and provide both positive and negative incentives for success. The 30 accountability systems evaluated may best be described, on average, as mediocre. That is, they are not terrible, but neither are they yet up to the job of "leaving no child behind." In almost no way can any of these systems be described as outstanding across the board. That overall judgment, however, masks substantial differences--among states, among various dimensions of accountability, and among grades and subjects. [Foreword by Chester E. Finn, Jr.]
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Accountability, Educational Policy, Student Evaluation, Standardized Tests, Guides
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.