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Testing with accountability improves student achievement

Annika B. Bergbauer, Eric A. Hanushek, Ludger Woessmann
Published Date: 
September 18, 2018

Around the world, school systems are increasingly using student assessments for accountability purposes. Combining accountability reforms with international student achievement data over the past 15 years, this column shows that expansion of standardized testing with external comparisons improves students’ achievement in math, science, and reading, whereas more internal testing or teacher inspectorates without external comparisons do not.