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ERIC Number: EJ782314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 35
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 106
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
"Expanding the Moral Community" or "Blaming the Victim"? The Politics of State Education Accountability Policy
McDermott, Kathryn A.
American Educational Research Journal, v44 n1 p77-111 2007
Advocates of educational accountability policies say that the policies are intended to use the state's authority to ensure equal educational opportunity. Opponents make essentially the opposite claim: that expanded state power is intended to disempower local communities and to single them out for blame, in response to larger political and economic imperatives. This article analyzes the enactment of educational accountability policies in four U.S. states, drawing upon legislative documents, hearing and debate transcripts where available, and press coverage. The analysis concludes that policy makers did intend to make the public education system more equitable. However, the results of the policies as implemented show a significant gap between aspirations and results. This gap increases the accountability-policy critics' credibility. (Contains 3 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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