Redesigning Accountability Systems for Education


reviewed by Nicola A. Alexander 2005

coverTitle: Redesigning Accountability Systems for Education
Author(s): Susan H. Fuhrman and Richard F. Elmore (Editors)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744255, Pages: 312, Year: 2004
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Accountability systems should be a “capacity meter” – a tool that gauges the ability of a system or its component parts to engender change. This knowledge would make it easier for policymakers to know which mechanism to use to reform schools. Should policymakers transfer power, provide inducements, or build capacity? The collection of conceptual and empirical essays in Redesigning Accountability Systems for Education makes it clear that we are in need of more knowledge before we can hope to gain the wisdom required to design adequate accountability frameworks. A crucial challenge noted by many of the authors is the difficulty of addressing differences among individuals or organizations without discriminating against them. While it is important to hold all students to high standards, as Siskin (Chapter 8) notes, “high does not necessarily mean [the] same” (p. 181). This important compendium has four major parts. Part I comprises two introductory chapters. Susan H. Fuhrman (Chapter 1), one of the co-editors, describes and summarizes each of the remaining book chapters.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1424-1427
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