Schools on Probation: How Accountability Works (and Doesn’t Work)reviewed by Laura Hamilton — 2004
Nearly every day, newspapers across the U.S.
report on the reactions of educators to states’ test-based
accountability systems, particularly those that have been mandated
under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Over the
past two years, stories of problems encountered by districts and
schools attempting to implement the law have been numerous.
Advocates and critics of the federal law continue to debate the
merits of test-based accountability as an approach to improving
student achievement, but there has been little solid evidence to
inform policymakers, educators, or the public of the reasons for
schools’ difficulties meeting the demands of accountability
policies. Schools on Probation: How Accountability
Works (and Doesn’t Work) by Heinrich Mintrop addresses
this evidence gap by documenting many of the ways in which
accountability fails to achieve its goals. This book should
be read by anyone involved in developing or responding to
test-based accountability systems.
Mintrop synthesizes findings from surveys,
interviews, and classroom observations in 11 schools in two
states. As its title suggests, the... (preview truncated at 150 words.) Title:
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- Laura Hamilton
LAURA HAMILTON is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA, where she conducts research on test-based accountability and the effectiveness of educational reform strategies. Her current research projects include a study of the implementation of No Child Left Behind in three states.