Accountability and school leadership by Karen Seashore Louis

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The first Texas accountability system was enacted in 1994, under the leadership of Governor Ann Richards, was an information forum that utilized test scores and other measures of student progress to determine whether school districts should remain accredited by the state[1]. The Texas accountability system was At-risk student averse 563 JEA 50,5 564 undergirded by the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) data collection system, a state-mandated curriculum, and a statewide standardized test to measure student proficiency in core subjects.

Conclusion US educators are not alone – tests and accountability are intercontinental policies. England, in fact, was one of the first countries to enact a test-based accountability system, beginning in the late 1980s. Its high-stakes accountability system could be considered most similar to NCLB in the USA. The English system utilized a combination of national testing, curriculum, inspection and school choice policies (Rustique-Forrester, 2005). With the exclusion of the original English system, most international accountability systems, such as MySchool in Australia, do not have entrenched sanctions attached to testing and other school-related information.

I spoke to our principal about it. He justified it completely, he did. When asked, administrators and staff tended to attribute at-risk students’ lack of exit test scores and increased risk of dropping out to characteristics of high school. The principal at Edgeview underscored the obstacles created by high schools in response to high-stakes testing and accountability: I think that the kids are being forced out of school. I think that what has happened at Fine Oaks is what happens at many schools.

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