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The increasing call for local control and accountability in United States' schools has resulted in a rapid bid by public schools to decentralize. Schools and school systems therefore need to acquire the skills - such as research, assessment and evaluation - necessary to make local control work, as these skills are not significant elements of the current teacher preparation curriculum.
Techniques that have been used successfully by schools to implement and maintain local control programmes and policies are illustrated in this book to assist professionals involved in the decentralization process.
Why Be Concerned about Accountability?
How Are Decisions Made Now? What Should Change?
The Three Building Blocks of Accountability
Vision Setting, Action Research, and Performance Assessment
Reducing the Risk of School Failure
Getting Major System Changes in Place
Confronting Literacy Concerns Head On
Arbitrating Conflicts over Inclusion
Gaining Support for Local Initiatives
Bringing Out the Best in Teachers and Programs