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Sorting out accountability systems

Eric A. Hanushek, Margaret E. Raymond
Published Date: 
In Williamson M. Evers, Herbert J. Walberg (Eds.)
School Accountability
pp. 75-104

Although many states and districts are moving forward with accountability schemes, they are likely to run into real problems that compromise and distort these programs’ impact. Though it seems natural to measure outcomes and hold schools responsible for them, the mechanics of how to do that appropriately are complicated. Creating effective accountability schemes will require a deeper understanding of how these programs alter incentives in schools and in turn the dynamics of accountability.