Education Report Roundup

Parents View Student Accountability Differently Than Policymakers

By Kevin Bushweller — November 02, 2005 1 min read

The research brief, “Examining the Meaning of Accountability: Reframing the Construct,” is available from the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.

Parents and community members often have different expectations than policymakers have for what it means to hold schools accountable for student success, suggests a research brief.

For instance, the brief—produced by the Aurora, Colo.-based Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, a nonprofit research organization—found that parents and community members want evidence of accountability, but they do not always consider test scores as adequate measures of ac-countability. The research brief is based on existing research, focus groups, follow-up interviews, and surveys of parents and community members.