Securing Accountability

Building staff members’ sense of internal accountability

  • regularly engage staff in analyzing data on the learning progress of all students
  • insist on the use of data that is of high quality: reliable, valid, collected using systematic collection processes, available in its original form, and has been subjected to collaborative interpretation
  • promote collective responsibility and accountability for student achievement and well-being
  • help staff make connections between school goals and ministry goals in order to strengthen commitment to school improvement efforts
  • assess their own contributions to school achievements and take into account feedback from others on their performance
  • participate actively in their own performance appraisal and make adjustments to better meet expectations and goal

Meeting the demands for external accountability

  • clearly define accountability for individual staff in terms that are mutually understood and agreed to and than can be rigorously reviewed and evaluated
  • measure and monitor teacher and leader effectiveness using data about changes in student achievement
  • align school targets with board and provincial targets
  • provide an accurate and transparent account of the school’s performance to all school stakeholders (e.g., ministry, board, parents, community)
  • create an organizational structure that reflects the school’s values and enables management systems, structures and processes to world effectively within legal requirements

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