California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Recommendation Eleven


Accountability is achieved when a school system’s policies and operating practices work both to provide good education and to correct problems as they occur. An effective accountability system is designed to increase the likelihood of successful practices, ferret out harmful practices, and provide internal self-correctives—feedback, assessments, and incentives—that support continual improvement. Assessment data are helpful in this regard, to the extent that they provide relevant, valid, and useful information about how individual students are doing and how schools are serving them. But this is only a small part of the total process. Accountability encompasses how a school system hires, evaluates, and supports its staff; how it makes decisions; how it acquires and uses the best available knowledge; how it evaluates its own functioning; and how it safeguards student welfare.1

Recommendation 11 — Accountability. Organize all district, school, and community stakeholders to hold high academic and behavioral expectations for all middle grades students. Provide sufficient time, talent, training, and resources to support student learning and rigorous standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Analyze data on student progress on an ongoing basis. Be accountable for moving all students toward proficient performance levels and closing the achievement gap.

Accountability is one of the Recommendations in the Focus Area on Organizational Structures and Processes.


Recommendations for Success Index

1Linda Darling-Hammond, The Right to Learn: A Blueprint for Creating Schools That Work. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997, 245.

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