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Understanding Accountability in Education


reviewed by Yvette Daniel — 2003

coverTitle: Understanding Accountability in Education
Author(s): M. Evers & H. Walberg(Eds.)
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford
ISBN: 0817938818, Pages: 198, Year: 2002
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This is the third book edited by members of the Koret task force in collaboration with the Hoover Institute.   The Primer (Moe, 2001) laid the groundwork for the task force to proceed with investigations into school choice and accountability.  This was followed by Choice with Equity (Hill and Campbell, 2002) that explored the contentious issues of school choice in public education in the United States.  School Accountability, edited by Williamson Evers and Herbert Walberg has gathered contributions from specialists studying educational issues from different perspectives including historians, economists, political scientists, policy analysts, and psychologists.  This collection can be placed on the Right of the debates about accountability in US public education.  As is typical of analysts working within this political framework, their discussion might be enhanced by considering that the current emphasis on accountability is rooted in a “rationalistic assumption that it is indeed possible- and, indeed desirable- to measure performance” (Broadfoot 2001, p. 136). In the first section, Diane Ravitch presents a historical overview of accountability and the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 545-549
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11061, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 9:04:48 PM

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  • Yvette Daniel
    York University, Toronto
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    Yvette Daniel is completing her Ph.D at York University’s Faculty of Education with a focus on educational policy analysis and issues of leadership and social justice. She is also an administrator at a local school board (on leave), teaches Human and Social Development in the Pre-service program and her recent publications include Daniel, Y., Edge, K. & Griffith, A., 2002. Educational Research, Globalization and Change: Exploring Issues. In C. Reynolds & A. Griffith, (Eds). Equity & Globalization in Education. Calgary: Detselig.
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