ERIC Number: ED498338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Reference Count: 15
Redesigning Accountability Systems for Education. CPRE Policy Briefs. RB-38
Fuhrman, Susan H.
Consortium for Policy Research in Education
To assist in the redesign of accountability systems, the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) and the Center for Research on Evaluation, Student Standards, and Testing (CRESST) sought to assemble knowledge from new research on emerging accountability systems. A book, "Redesigning Accountability Systems for Education," edited by Susan H. Fuhrman and Richard F. Elmore (Teachers College Press, in press), contains chapters by leading accountability researchers. This issue of CPRE Policy Briefs summarizes the book by focusing on four questions the authors of the book address: (1) How valid are new accountability systems?; (2) How fair are new accountability systems?; (3) What are the effects of new accountability systems?; and (4) What is necessary to improve the functioning of accountability systems? This Policy Brief reviews the many issues that states are confronting as they implement accountability systems, and provides guidance for states looking to fine-tune or redesign accountability systems to help meet policies as they were intended. Specifically, this Brief offers recommendations for improving accountability systems by enhancing the use of expert technical advice, by improving the collection and interpretation of system data, and by investing in capacity building to ensure that both students and educators have the necessary means to effectively respond to accountability systems. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Quality, Quality Control, Systems Analysis, Systems Development, Robustness (Statistics), Goodness of Fit, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Item Analysis, Position Papers, Design Requirements
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.