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ERIC Number: EJ896685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-3060
Accountability and Local Control: Response to Incentives with and without Authority over Resource Generation and Allocation
Loeb, Susanna; Strunk, Katharine
Education Finance and Policy, v2 n1 p10-39 Win 2007
This article examines the interaction between school accountability and local control over revenue raising and resource allocation. In particular, it asks whether accountability policies are more or less effective at improving student outcomes in states with stronger local control. Local control is operationalized with multiple measures, including the percentage of education funding from categorical grants, state supreme court rulings overturning school finance systems, local entities' taxing authority, and principals' self-assessments of their ability to control school resources. Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Schools and Staffing Survey and National Assessment of Educational Progress, the article finds that accountability policies are more effective when there is greater local control.
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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 - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)
IES Cited: ED557946