Organizational Improvement and Accountability: Lessons for Education from Other Sectors

Organizational Improvement and Accountability: Lessons for Education from Other Sectors

Organizational Improvement and Accountability: Lessons for Education from Other Sectors

Organizational Improvement and Accountability: Lessons for Education from Other Sectors

Synopsis

Describes accountability models in the manufacturing, job training, legal, and health care sectors; summarizes their effectiveness; and draws specific lessons for educators.

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Educational accountability became the law of the land with the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. As states rushed to develop accountability systems that met the requirements of the new law, the Hewlett Foundation asked RAND Education to undertake two tasks. The first was to write a paper that delineated carefully the provisions of the new law and the underlying assumptions on which the new test-based accountability systems are based, and to disseminate it broadly to experts and practitioners. With help from a group of experts who participated in an Accountability Forum held at RAND in 2002, we produced a RAND Corporation White Paper, Working Smarter to Leave No Child Behind: Practical Insights for School Leaders (Stecher, Hamilton, and Gonzalez, 2003).

The second task we undertook was to examine models of accountability in sectors other than education. The goal of the investigation was to understand how such models work and their applicability to education. This monograph documents the results of that examination. It should be of interest to educational policymakers, educational administrators, and others who are interested in improving the effectiveness of schools. The work was sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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