The goal of accountability should be to ensure that all students are well-served by their schools, that problems or concerns are routinely identified and solved, and that schools continuously improve. In an accountable system, students are engaged in meaningful learning, taught by competent and caring professionals, and supported by adequate resources to ensure that they learn what they need in order to be effective citizens and contributors to a democratic society. Work in this area evaluates the extent to which different accountability strategies accomplish these goals for all students and proposes approaches that research suggests may be successful.

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