CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Accountability for Results


In the first phase, this project studied how schools of different types -- such as public schools and charter schools -- and in different policy contexts developed a sense of accountability to produce high-quality instructional results and how they developed the capacity to deliver such instruction. In the second phase, the study focused on the relationship between schools' internal accountability processes and their external accountability systems. The second phase of the study focused exclusively on public high schools -- comprehensive, selective, and charters.


Policy Brief | Assessment and Accountability Across the 50 States. (Margaret E. Goertz and Mark C. Duffy, May 2001, No. RB-033)

Research Report | Assessment and Accountability Systems in the 50 States: 1999-2000. (Margaret E. Goertz and Mark C. Duffy, May 2001, No. RR-046)

Research Report | Do Higher State Test Scores in Texas Make for Better High School Outcomes?  (Martin Carnoy, Susanna Loeb, and Tiffany L. Smith, 2001, No. RR-047)

Research Report | When Accountability Knocks, Will Anyone Answer? (Charles Abelmann and Richard Elmore, with Johanna Even, Susan Kenyon, and Joanne Marshall, March 1999, No. RR-042)


All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different? (Edited by Luis Benveniste, Martin Carnoy, and Richard Rothstein, 2003).Can Public Schools Learn from Private Schools? Case Studies in the Public and Private Non-profit Sectors. (Richard Rothstein, Martin Carnoy, and Luis Benveniste, 1999). Published by the Economic Policy Institute

Does External Accountability Affect Student Outcomes? A Cross-state Analysis (Martin Carnoy and Susanna Loeb, 2003). Article appeared in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Holding Schools Accountable? Is It Working? (Richard F. Elmore and Susan H. Fuhrman, 2001). Article appeared in Phi Delta Kappan.

The New Accountability: High Schools and High Stakes Testing (Edited by Martin Carnoy, Richard F. Elmore, and Leslie Santee Siskin, 2003). 

The New Accountability (Susan Fuhrman, January 1999, No. RB-027).

Patterns of Responses in Four High Schools Under State Accountability Policies in Vermont and New York (Elizabeth DeBray, Gail Parson, and Katrina Woodworth, 2001). Chapter in From the Capitol to the Classroom: Standards-based Reform in the States, edited by Susan H. Fuhrman. 

Start date: 
January 1996
End date: 
December 2002