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Inquiry-Minded Schools: Opening Doors for Accountability


The authors write, "In this article, we draw on the experiences of the most successful schools to offer a picture of what a school can do to take ownership of internal and external standards and to use data from state assessments and other sources to improve instruction. We define accountability, describe the mindset of schools that have institutionalized reflective inquiry, and explicate the inquiry cycle. We also consider the challenges that schools face in addressing standards and that policy makers face in developing accountability systems to support the delivery of high-quality instruction."