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Issues in the Design of Accountability Systems

Apr 2005

Robert L. Linn

The purpose of this report is to identify and clarify design issues that are critical in the creation of an accountability system, and can contribute to improved teaching and student learning. Since student achievement is at the heart of the current accountability movement, a number of issues addressed in this report are concerned with how student achievement is assessed. Also discussed are the many considerations that enter into the choice of measurement and statistical procedures used to estimate school performance. It is concluded that too little attention has been given to the evaluation of current accountability systems and several recommendations are made for improving accountability systems.

Linn, R. L. (2005). Issues in the design of accountability systems (CSE Report 650). Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).