Accountability Needed Today for Success Tomorrow

Transforming Education: Delivering on our Promise to Every Child

The Council of Chief State School Officers

It is imperative that we transform the national education agenda so that each and every child may succeed. This paper identifies four areas of focus that will lead the systems change necessary for a true transformation of teaching and learning. Those areas are Next Generation Learning; Standards, Assessment, and Accountability; System of Educator Development; and Comprehensive Data Systems. The main purpose and intention of this document is to fuel discussion, establish a rationale for why we have chosen these four areas of work, highlight the connections among the areas and outline next steps.

Testing, Standards, & Accountability: Overview

National Conference of State Legislatures

This article provides an overview of the possibilities of a standards-based accountability system, which sets goals in the form of standards, assigns responsibilities for meeting those goals and holds the system accountable for its performance. Under this type of system, the state’s role changes from ensuring compliance with regulations, to providing incentives and offering technical assistance to build school capacity. Included with the article is a list of resources on education accountability systems.