Assessing Student Achievement the Right Way: A Study of Practicing Teachers
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 5 No. 3 (2004): Vol-5-Issue-3-March-2004
Another issue that has persisted in the K-12 public schools involves accountability. Should the federal
government hold states, school districts and schools accountable for student performance? The Clinton
administration attempted to establish accountability within the states and schools. In 1994 under Goals
2000, states were required to develop their own accountability systems (Knoll, 2007). The goal was to
get all students proficient and the states were allowed to define Adequate Yearly Prog ress (AYP).
Challenges arose from the Goals 2000 school improvement plan. “With states defining the adequate
yearly progress standard and no real concrete timeline in place, practices varied widely state to state.
This led to great differences in results at the state level” (Knoll, 2007, p. 114). The plan was described
as being simply too vague in nature .