Through the community-based accountability system (CBAS) process, communities are empowered to define school accountability in a manner that more accurately reflects the diversity, talents, skills, and priorities of its students. It recognizes and celebrates the whole child, reports on educational outcomes above and beyond standardized tests, and provides information to schools that drives meaningful change and improvement..
The purpose of a community-based accountability system (CBAS) is to establish and maintain a
meaningful social contract (i.e., an agreed upon set of expectations) between a community and its schools. At present, any agreement regarding accountability is between the state and a school, which places the local community in a bystander role. A CBAS empowers the community to be an active participant in the planning, identification, and reporting of the agreed upon expectations for its schools.