Pandora's Box: Accountability and Performance Standards in Vocational Education

P. T. Hill, J. Harvey, A. Praskac

This study explores educational accountability in the United States; more specifically, its focus is accountability in education. The study first considers both the way states and localities are coping with changes in state administration required by the Perkins Amendments of 1990 as well as their capabilities to advance accountability through performance standards. Second, the study addresses a question raised repeatedly during state and local interviews, asking whether the Perkins Amendments imply the need to develop statewide aggregate measures of program performance and, ultimately, national aggregate measures of performance as the foundation of educational accountability.

MDS-288 / January 1993

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