Category Archives: Accountability

Examining the myth of accountability, high-stakes testing and the achievement gap

We are proud to announce a new peer-reviewed paper entitled Examining the myth of accountability, high-stakes testing and the achievement gap In this article, we outline how notions of accountability and the achievement gap have relied upon the massive expansion of high-stakes exams in our nation’s schools. Texas-style test and punish accountability manifested in various ways within schools and school culture across

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A New Approach to Remedy Education Inequity?: Opportunity to Learn (OTL) “State Minimums” for School Finance #AERA18

In my recent School Law and Policy course at California State University Sacramento, I challenged my EDD students to work with me to detail a new input orientation, empirically-based idea for school finance based on Opportunity to Learn (OTL) “state minimums.” I believe that we have come up with a jumping off point for a promising approach to thinking about

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Breaking News: Community-based Funding and Accountability working in California

I am currently sitting in the Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) annual conference being held in Sacramento. A new study just dropped that show money clearly matters in California school finance and that it has had a positive impact on student achievement and graduation rates across the state. View this post on Instagram Spending my morning learning about new

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Mismatched Assumptions: Motivation, Grit, and High-Stakes Testing

Since the onset of No Child Left Behind over a decade ago, a lynchpin of accountability formulas for U.S. schools has included some form of a state-mandated exam. Accountability policies have utilized standardized tests as the basis of decisions that determine progression through grade levels, access to higher education, progress in achievement, and resource allocation to schools (Darling-Hammond, 2003). Considering

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Social Impact Bonds: Bankers Get Paid Only If Education Works?

When I am speaking about education policy in different parts of the country (go here please), I am often asked what is coming next in the effort to profit and privatize public goods during the Q&A. Lynn Davenport, a Cloaking Inequity reader from Texas, asked me to blog information about social impact bonds. What are they? The profit and privatization

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Has community-based accountability been impactful for English Learners?

What is community-based accountability? In 2012, I first conceptualized community-based accountability in the post Accountability: Are you ready for a new idea? Over the past several years, California has undertaken this new approach for its more than 4 million students (See all posts on community-based accountability). Local control has been a bedrock principle of public schooling in America since inception. In 2013,

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