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ERIC Number: EJ774528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Contamination of Current Accountability Systems
McGill-Franzen, Anne; Allington, Richard
Phi Delta Kappan, v87 n10 p762-766 Jun 2006
As public employees, educators should expect to be held accountable for their use of public funds. Nonetheless, the various state governments and now the U.S. Department of Education have implemented high-stakes achievement testing as the nearly singular approach to accountability. While these accountability efforts vary in a number of ways, virtually all are similarly flawed. The authors feel that a number of issues related to current accountability schemes need to be addressed. In this article, they argue that, in all the accountability systems, four sources of contamination--summer reading loss, retention in grade, test preparation, and testing accommodations--serve to undermine the reliability of estimates of student reading achievement, a common measure of school effectiveness. Unless accountability policies are substantially revised and current practices modified, estimates of school effectiveness will remain unreliable, and the public and policy makers will continue to be misled. (Contains 18 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A