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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Is there a future for test-based accountability?

Since No Child Left Behind passed in 2001, holding schools accountable for their students’ performance has been the “organizing principle” of school improvement schemes.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), NCLB’s successor law, mandates standardized testing of students and requires states to have accountability systems.

Accountability must evolve, writes Morgan S. Polikoff, a USC education professor.

Abandon “futile accountability systems,” argues Jay P. Greene, a University of Arkansas education professor.

Parents can make accountability work, writes Kevin Huffman, a former Tennessee commissioner of education.

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