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Fusarelli, Bonnie C.; Fusarelli, Lance D. – Planning and Changing, 2003
In this article, the authors explore whether educational systems have the institutional capacity to implement comprehensive, systemic reform, as envisioned in legislation such as No Child Left Behind. Drawing upon evidence from various state-level reform initiatives, the authors highlight the ways in which systemic reform appears to positively…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Academic Standards
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Knight, Stephanie L.; Erlandson, David A. – Planning and Changing, 2003
The purpose of this article is to discuss an approach to analyzing the interactive effects of multiple reform efforts within a school or school district. The approach resulted from an intensive study of reform in one district in a state characterized by a strong accountability system. First, the authors present a brief history of educational…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Accountability, Federal Legislation
Lewis, Ann C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2002
Comments on new Elementary Secondary Education Act, particularly the bill's national testing and school-choice provisions. (PKP)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education
Burley, Hansel – American School Board Journal, 2001
Disappointing high-stakes test results matter far less than the type of future citizens that schools produce. Citizenship values (teamwork, leadership, and neighborliness) are not assessed well by multiple-choice exams. Poor performers should not be segregated, data should be reinterpreted, and remediation should stress tutoring interventions, not…
Descriptors: Accountability, Citizenship Education, Data Interpretation, Elementary Secondary Education
Johnson, Joseph F., Jr.; Treisman, Uri; Fuller, Ed – School Administrator, 2000
Studies of Texas' testing program, initiated in 1992, identify several factors contributing to improved achievement: alignment with state standards; results that inform instruction; understandable, attainable rating systems that encourage improvements for all populations; balance between school/student accountability; stable, yet improvable…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Achievement Gains, Elementary Secondary Education
Texas Education Agency, Austin. – 1996
The Texas Education Code requires the Commissioner of Education to develop and propose alternative methods of assessment for students who have not passed the exit level test. The goal of this requirement is an alternative mechanism by which a student can demonstrate the knowledge and skills measured by the exit level test and thus earn a high…
Descriptors: Accountability, Associate Degrees, Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Assessment
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Office of Policy Planning and Research. – 1996
School restructuring reforms have placed an increased emphasis on student outcomes as the primary qualitative measure of education systems. The Texas public school accountability system focuses attention on performance measured by standardized test scores (the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test), dropout rates, and attendance rates and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Case Studies, Disadvantaged Youth