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Making Accountability Work to Improve Student Learning

Mar 2005

Joan Herman

That No Child Left Behind (NCLB) places unprecedented demands on districts and schools to improve student performance is trite and a truism. That NCLB places unprecedented demands on the design and productive use of accountability systems may be less well appreciated. In this article, I consider how accountability is supposed to work to support the improvement of student learning; how it does work, based on available research evidence; and finally what might be done to make it work better.

Herman, J. (2005). Making accountability work to improve student learning (CSE Report 649). Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).