Results-Based Accountability : The Basis of Education Reform in Texas
When I was elected in 1994, excessive state rules and regulations were stifling the capacity of local people to chart the path toward excellence for their schools. The state had so many education goals, there were no goals. One in five Texas school children could not read, and many of these students advanced from grade to grade, regardless of whether they had mastered the skills necessary to succeed at the next level. It was obvious that improving education was non-negotiable, and it was clear that the existing accountability system needed reforming to achieve the results Texans demanded. With that in mind, I focused on ensuring that the state’s accountability system had the elements necessary to achieve the progress we desired. As a result, Texas has seen student achievement increase for all student groups at all levels of student assessment
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