Introduction

This mini-course focuses on the question of accountability in public schools.

Who is accountable for student outcomes? Should we blame the schools or hold the students themselves accountable? Who determines the standards for accountability – the federal government or the individual states?

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The demand for accountability in U.S. education resulted in No Child Left Behind and has shaped the Common Core debate. Throughout this mini-course, we will trace the origins of the accountability movement, the increased role of the federal government, the design of accountability interventions, and the impact of accountability programs on student performance.

This mini-course contains five lectures, with most lectures divided into three videos. The mini-courses also include assigned readings, discussion forums, and assessments.

This is the third mini-course in a four-course sequence. View other modules of this course:

Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education , Mini-Course 1: History and Politics of U.S. Education

Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education, Mini-Course II: Teacher Policies

Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education, Mini-Course IV: School Choice

Meet The Faculty

Paul E. Peterson

Paul E. Peterson

Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University

Paul E. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University and Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and editor-in-chief of EducationNext. 

He is the author of the book Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning (Harvard University Press, 2010).

 

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