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ERIC Number: EJ774576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0574
Current Trends in the Accreditation of K-12 Schools: Cases in the United States, Australia, and Canada
Bernasconi, Andres
Journal of Education, v185 n3 p73-82 2004
Systems to periodically evaluate the performance of K-12 schools are, broadly speaking, of two kinds: "inspection," the paradigm of England's OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education); and "accreditation," originally developed nearly a century ago by what are now the U.S. regional accreditation agencies. In the past decade some important changes have been taking place in the accreditation model for K-12 schools in the United States, while at the same time countries such as Australia and Canada, heirs to the British inspection tradition, have begun to experiment with U.S.-like accreditation. In this article, the author describes some of the new developments in the U.S. regional and state accreditation processes. He examines a new model of school evaluation in Victoria, Australia, and a quite original example of accreditation, one that could perhaps be called a "post-accreditation" prototype, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The final section presents a summary of the trends that emerge from these cases.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; United States