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The New Accountability: High Schools and High-Stakes Testing

The New Accountability explores the current wave of school accountability reforms, wherein schools that perform poorly on standardized tests may face reorganization, a new principal, or even financial sanction. This important new study looks at the data behind "high-stakes testing" in Texas, New York, Kentucky, and Vermont, and comes to some very important conclusions. It shifts the focus of the debate from how well high school graduates are prepared for college or work to the larger question of how many students are graduating in the first place, and how these stringent testing measures may affect those students on the edge.


Carnoy, M., Elmore, R., Siskin, L.S. (2003). The New Accountability: High Schools and High-stakes Testing. Routledge.


Publication Date

September 2003




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