The school accountability dodge
from U.S. News & World Report
Is anyone really for accountability? Everyone says they support it in principle, but in practice, it seems almost everyone in the system, from school boards and administrators to teacher unions and anti-testing zealots, finds ways to dodge it. Lately, resistance to accountability is coming from some on the political right who, after decades arguing for school choice based on low test scores in traditional public schools, are now arguing that choice alone provides pretty much all the accountability we need. Moreover, they add, test scores aren't a very good measure of school quality or linked to better outcomes in life.
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