ERIC Number: ED499421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: 82
Accountability and Assessment: Is Public Interest in K-12 Education Being Served? CRESST Report 728
Herman, Joan L.
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
The reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) makes this a good time to consider whether and how current accountability serves the public interest and whether and how it can better do so. This report explores these issues in the context of the current literature on the effects of accountability in K-12 education. It considers the meaning of "public interest" and offers a model of how public interest may be served through accountability to benefit student learning. The report considers how well the model fits available evidence by examining whether and how accountability assessment influences students' learning opportunities and the relationship between accountability and learning. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Educational Legislation, Public Opinion, Educational Quality, Models, Evaluation, Educational Opportunities, Correlation, Academic Standards, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Social Promotion, Exit Examinations, Special Needs Students
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). 300 Charles E Young Drive N, GSE&IS Building 3rd Floor, Mailbox 951522, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1522. Tel: 310-206-1532; Fax: 310-825-3883; Web site: http://www.cresst.org
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A050004