School Inspections in a Strengthened Accountability System

Craig D. Jerald, President of Break the Curve Consulting

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
UCCS Conference Room
1130 K Street (basement floor), Sacramento, CA, 95814, United States

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Policymakers in California have begun to look beyond the API and ask how to hold schools accountable based on a broader set of information about performance. One strategy for doing so is through a system of school inspections, a common accountability policy in many other countries. This seminar will discuss the benefits of school inspections and explore the main policy decisions for designing such a system, with a particular focus on England’s approach. How might California evaluate school performance on a broader range of evidence; leverage expert judgment rather than relying solely on mathematical formulas; and provide schools with better diagnostic feedback to support continuous improvement?


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