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Standards-based Accountability: Horse Trade or Horse Whip?


by Margaret E. Goertz — 2001

This chapter looks at how schools, school districts, and states are responding to the current push for performance based accountability. Data from a three-year study of ten states, twenty-three school districts, and fifty-seven schools, as well as national surveys of state policies, are used to address two sets of questions. First, what are the key design elements of state accountability systems and how do they vary across states? Second, what do accountability systems look like at the school and district level? What are the similarities and differences in these systems in diverse state policy environments?


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 100, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 8, 2001, p. 39-59
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18685, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 7:37:06 AM

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  • Margaret Goertz
    University of Pennsylvania
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    MARGARET E. GOERTZ is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education, and CoDirector of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, both at the University of Pennsylvania.
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