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ERIC Number: EJ751112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Keeping Accountability Systems Accountable
Foote, Martha
Phi Delta Kappan, v88 n5 p359-363 Jan 2007
The standards and accountability movement in education has undeniably transformed schooling throughout the United States. Even before President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act into law in January 2002, mandating annual public school testing in English and math for grades 3-8 and once in high school, most states had already instituted their own accountability systems of state standards linked to state exams. It is widely assumed that if students pass state tests that are aligned with state standards, their school is doing a good job of educating them, and if they pass the state's exit exam, they are ready to face the challenges of college. In this article, the author questions those assumptions and presents an alternative way of judging the quality of a student's high school education. (Contains 18 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001