Student Test Results in School Accountability

Published in: International Encyclopedia of Education, v. 4, 2010, p. 153-158

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2010

by Laura S. Hamilton

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This article explores the use of tests in accountability systems. It describes different metrics that have been constructed from test scores for use in test-based accountability (TBA), and discusses some of the strengths and limitations associated with each. It also describes a variety of other issues that arise when test results are used to hold individual educators or schools accountable.

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