Say No to ‘Checklist’ Accountability

By Belle S. Wheelan and Mark A. Elgart, Ed.D.

Calls for scorecards and rating systems of higher education institutions that have been floating around Washington, if used for purposes beyond providing comparable consumer information, would make the federal government an arbiter of quality and judge of institutional performance.


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It's Time to Abandon Our Rube Goldberg Accountability Contraptions

By Mark A. Elgart, Ed.D. and W. James Popham, Ed.D.

A Rube Goldberg, according to Webster's Dictionary, is "a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation." We can see these contraptions in operation in school administration in the fetishizing of strategic planning, which has become something of...

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A New Education Accountability Era: Key Trends and Implications for Elementary and Secondary Educators and Policy Makers

Arthur L. Coleman

Accountability is a loaded term. Although it can mean many different things to different people, in the elementary and secondary context, the term has come to represent a set of expectations and obligations associated with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) – which has provided the...

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Accreditation, Accountability, and Continuous Improvement

By Laura Lefkowits

Accountability, as practiced these days under the No Child Left Behind Act and various state systems, purports to be about improvement. But we all know that improvement requires more than just measurement. The scale tells us that we need to lose weight – it doesn’t tell us how or even why we...

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