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Organizational Improvement and Accountability: Lessons for Education from Other Sectors


reviewed by Jess House 2004

coverTitle: Organizational Improvement and Accountability: Lessons for Education from Other Sectors
Author(s): Brian Stecher and Sheila Nataraj Kirby (Editors)
Publisher: Rand, Santa Monica, CA
ISBN: 0833035002, Pages: 134, Year: 2004
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The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act is the proverbial elephant in the room, a dominating entity that compels the reorientation of all present. As implementation of this federal law continues, the aims, structure, and processes of state, district, and building educational systems are becoming subordinate to and aligned with the principles embedded in NCLB – clearly stated expectations in the form of standards, tests to measure progress toward the standards, rewards and sanctions for administrators, teachers, and students, along with parental choice. Organizational Improvement and Accountability: Lessons for Educators from Other Sectors, edited by Brian Stecher and Sheila Nataraj Kirby, researchers at the RAND Corporation, points out that the NCLB principles have not been tested and that decision makers at state and local levels are seeking guidance on what they must do to ensure that their educational systems are effective. The purpose of the book is to identify lessons about accountability from outside education that can be helpful. Policymakers and others who have begun to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2249-2252
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11358, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 2:09:25 AM

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  • Jess House
    University of Central Florida
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    JESS HOUSE teaches courses in educational leadership and coordinates doctoral programs in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction. His research interests are in the areas of organizational theory, leadership, and the role of the principal. He has taught and conducted research in the United States and Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Iowa.
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