Accountability and school leadership by Karen Seashore Louis

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The reliance on standardized accountability indicators based on arbitrary thresholds reduces the capacity of creative schools and educators to act in complex, flexible ways, ways that are essential to running a stable, yet nimble public enterprise, and for educating children. Conclusion US educators are not alone – tests and accountability are intercontinental policies. England, in fact, was one of the first countries to enact a test-based accountability system, beginning in the late 1980s. Its high-stakes accountability system could be considered most similar to NCLB in the USA.

Yet, she wanted to assist her working mother with her brother’s disciplinary situation and stayed home with the sibling during his suspension. She related that a few weeks later a letter arrived from Clearbend high school. In this letter, the school detailed that she was going to be ticketed, fined and sent to court for her absences. Notably, Clearbend offered her another option – she could skip the ticket and fine by signing and returning an enclosed form to officially dropout of school. In this same conversation, the student mentioned that Clearbend would allow students to make-up failed courses through “service” credits.

Kenney is the Research Program Coordinator for the Distributed Leadership Studies at Northwestern University. She received her BA in Public Policy from Duke University and her research interests include education policy, school leadership and school reform. htm JEA 50,5 At-risk student averse: risk management and accountability 562 Department of Education Administration, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA, and Julian Vasquez Heilig Received 8 December 2010 Revised 3 April 2011 2 May 2011 18 May 2011 Accepted 24 May 2011 Michelle Young and Amy Williams The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA Abstract Purpose – The prevailing theory of action underlying accountability is that holding schools and students accountable will increase educational output.

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