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ERIC Number: EJ782076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 34
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
The Practical Relevance of Accountability Systems for School Improvement: A Descriptive Analysis of California Schools
Mintrop, Heinrich; Trujillo, Tina
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v29 n4 p319-352 2007
In search for the practical relevance of accountability systems for school improvement, the authors ask whether practitioners traveling between the worlds of system-designated high- and low-performing schools would detect tangible differences in educational quality and organizational effectiveness. In comparing nine exceptionally high and low performing California middle schools, the authors conclude that if such travelers expected to encounter visible signs of an overall higher quality of students' educational experience at the high-performing schools, they would be disappointed. Rather, they would have to settle on a narrower definition of quality that is more proximate to the effective acquisition of standards-aligned and test-relevant knowledge. High-growth schools tended to generate internal commitment for accountability and consider it an impetus for raising standards. (Contains 8 tables and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California