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Six Principles of Effective Accountability: Accountability-based reforms should lead to better teaching and learning-period

Abstract

This article outlines principles for effective school-based accountability systems. "We have to think about accountability in a very different way," says Reeves, chairman and founder of the Center for Performance Assessment and the International Center for Educational Accountability. "We have done a splendid job of holding nine-year-olds accountable. Let me suggest as a moral principle that we dare not hold kids any more accountable than we expect to hold ourselves."

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