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Accountability

  • By: Donna Adair Breault
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Accountability is the state of being in schools today whereby all curricular decisions are made according to measures established by each state according to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Accountability has become the clarion call for pundits and politicians in response to the argument that the nation has “fallen behind” others. Measures for accountability through NCLB are predicated upon closing the achievement gap found among disadvantaged and minority students.

Measures of Accountability

Based upon the act, each state identified standards for every level in reading and math and, more recently, in science for Grades 3 through 8. Further, each state developed annual tests to measure the degree to which their students meet the standards. The data from the tests are made public in annual ...

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