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ERIC Number: EJ898073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2719
Standards and Accountability in Washington State
Hill, Paul Thomas; Lake, Robin J.
Brookings Papers on Education Policy, p199-234 2002
In the early 1990s, Washington State was in the vanguard of the standards movement. By 1994, the National Business Roundtable rated Washington as one of four states that had enacted the most complete standards-based reform program. Washington political and business leaders intended to transform public education from a bureaucracy controlled by mandates and enforced compliance into a performance-based system. Like proponents of standards-based reform in other states, Washington State policy and business leaders assumed that establishment of a performance-based system would change the behavior of teachers, parents, school administrators, and students. Teachers and parents, informed by the standards about what students need to know, would look for evidence that individual children were performing as expected. However, results to date do not necessarily disprove the assumptions behind standards-based reform. Like many other promising ideas, standards-based reform might work if it were seriously tried. In this paper, the authors present a provocative case study of key aspects of standards-based reform in Washington State. They offer a sobering view of the challenges that must be faced in state after state if this decade-long strategy for increasing student achievement is to succeed. They highlight issues on standards and accountability in Washington, including the good news and bad news of standards-based reform. Comments by Michael J. Petrilli and Michael Cohen are presented. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington