A Think Twice Review of:
Review of School Accountability-Past, Present, and Future: Findings and Recommendations for State and District Policymakers
Think Twice - Feb 09, 2021
Publisher/Think Tank - Hoover Institution
Author(s) - Chester E. Finn, Jr.
A recent report from the Hoover Institution's Education Success Initiative argues that state and federal officials should retain what it calls "results-based" accountability systems that use standardized assessments of students followed by consequences for not meeting performance goals. But it does not provide the evidence needed to support that contention.
Reviewer(s) - Gail L. Sunderman, Maryland Equity Project
Gail L. Sunderman, co-founder of the Maryland Equity Project, reviewed School Accountability—Past, Present, and Future: Findings and Recommendations for State and District Policymakers, authored by Dr. Chester Finn. The report contends that accountability systems can be improved by expanding assessment to more grades, transparently reporting those results, and focusing on intervening in low-performing schools through a combination of intervention-style and market-driven consequences coupled with an inspectorate system to evaluate schools.