In nine chapters, Sloan explains and examines the accountability mandate found in the No Child Left Behind act, as well as its implications for students, families and communities, and teachers. Case studies at a handful of schools trace the events, beginning in the 1960s, that contributed to the 21st century's emphasis on accountability, and portray the legislation's impact on real teachers. Controversies and criticisms generated by the Act are also discussed. In the conclusion, three guest authors in education and curriculum studies offer suggestions about improving accountability measures in ways that are more responsive to those they most directly affect. (Reference and Research Book News
In accessible language, Sloan defines the basic beliefs behind present-day accountability measures and some of the issues associated with those practices. He explores "the relationship between accountability and the standards movements, and the role of standardized testing in each of these movements," and offers an analysis of the literature regarding the effects of this hot-button issue on public education. Timely and informative.
This volume gives readers a balanced examination of the educational accountability movement that has swept the United States.
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