How Dallas created accountability

AUG ’91

Citing technical problems, the school system’s research chief recommends postponing the use of the accountability system to evaluate teachers; the School Board votes for the postponement.

SEP ’91

The School Board approves the commission’s report and recommendations.

MAY ’92

Kress and another commission member win seats on the nine-member School Board, as do other candidates who backed the commission’s proposals.


The occasion was the fourth annual Excellence in Education ceremony honoring winners of the Dallas Independent School District’s School Performance Improvement Awards. But the hoopla was only icing on the cake for principals and teachers at the 26 schools, who already had received $1,000 bonuses. Other staff members got $500, and the schools’ activity accounts got $2,000.