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ERIC Number: EJ776558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
A New Partnership
Rotherham, Andrew J.
Education Next, v2 n1 p36-41 Spr 2002
The issue of whether the federal government should outline and enforce an accountability system for states, school districts, and schools was essentially settled the day that George W. Bush took office as president. Bush had made "accountability" a cornerstone of his education platform, using his stated goal of ensuring equity for poor and minority children as a way of bolstering his credentials as a moderate. New Democrats, led by Democratic senators Joseph Lieberman and Evan Bayh, were also committed to the idea of accountability. They had made a results-based approach to federal education programs a major component of their "Three R's" proposal--on which much of the Bush plan and the final Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) legislation were based. In this article, the author discusses the importance of such a federal accountability program, evidence that accountability systems with concrete goals change the behavior of school systems, and considerations for the design of an effective accountability system. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System; Texas Assessment of Academic Skills