The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 increased the importance of accountability in education by mandating an accountability system that measures school performance through student test results. To assist those educators trying to meet the act's requirements, RAND researchers analyzed accountability approaches from manufacturing, job training, law, and health care and assessed their usefulness for education. They conclude that while education poses unique demands on its professionals, other sectors' accountability methods provide important insights for improving school performance.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation research brief series. RAND research briefs present policy-oriented summaries of individual published, peer-reviewed documents or of a body of published work.
Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.