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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