Why the Federal Government Should be Involved in School Accountability

Eric A. Hanushek
Published Date
Winter 2005
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
pp. 168-172
The argument for federal involvement in accountability is clear-and falls directly in line with traditional places for centralized governmental policies. School quality is undeniably important for the nation with future economic success depending directly on the quality of our schools. Not only individual incomes but also the future growth of GDP are related directly to the knowledge and skills of the overall population. Moreover, the skills observed to count in the marketplace are the ones forming the basis for school accountability. Promoting a strong economy is an obvious place for federal leadership