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Schools on Probation: How Accountability Works (and Doesn’t Work)


reviewed by Laura Hamilton — 2004

coverTitle: Schools on Probation: How Accountability Works (and Doesn’t Work)
Author(s): Heinrich Mintrop
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744093, Pages: 181, Year: 2004
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Nearly every day, newspapers across the U.S. report on the reactions of educators to states’ test-based accountability systems, particularly those that have been mandated under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).  Over the past two years, stories of problems encountered by districts and schools attempting to implement the law have been numerous.  Advocates and critics of the federal law continue to debate the merits of test-based accountability as an approach to improving student achievement, but there has been little solid evidence to inform policymakers, educators, or the public of the reasons for schools’ difficulties meeting the demands of accountability policies.  Schools on Probation:  How Accountability Works (and Doesn’t Work) by Heinrich Mintrop addresses this evidence gap by documenting many of the ways in which accountability fails to achieve its goals.  This book should be read by anyone involved in developing or responding to test-based accountability systems.   Mintrop synthesizes findings from surveys, interviews, and classroom observations in 11 schools in two states.  As its title suggests, the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1614-1618
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11286, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 6:59:08 AM

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  • Laura Hamilton
    RAND Corporation
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    LAURA HAMILTON is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA, where she conducts research on test-based accountability and the effectiveness of educational reform strategies. Her current research projects include a study of the implementation of No Child Left Behind in three states.
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