The economics of school accountability

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Demands for more accountability and results-based incentive systems in K-12 education come from many directions and currently dominate much of the education policy discussion at both the state and federal levels in the United States (Ladd, 1996; Ladd & Hansen, 1999) and abroad (Burgess, Propper, Slater, & Wilson, 2005). Accountability in education is a broad concept that could be addressed in many ways: using political processes to assure democratic accountability, introducing market-based reforms to increase accountability to parents and children, developing peer-based accountability systems to increase the professional accountability of teachers, or using administrative accountability systems designed to drive the system toward higher student achievement. This article focuses on this last approach and pays particular attention to programs that focus on the individual school as the primary unit of accountability.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Figlio, DN; Ladd, HF

Published Date

  • January 20, 2020

Book Title

  • The Economics of Education: A Comprehensive Overview

Start / End Page

  • 567 - 575

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780128153918

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/B978-0-12-815391-8.00042-2

Citation Source

  • Scopus