TEST-BASED ACCOUNTABILITY: CAN TESTING CHILDREN TELL US ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE OF SCHOOLS?
This article would argue that test-based accountability has its rationality and is necessary for policy makers to control and improve public education. It could demonstrate to the public that public funds and resources are used reasonably and effectively. However, it indeed led to unintended issues among system-level, school-level and affected individuals in many ways. The main focus is on criticizing the effect and consequences of test-based accountability system by analyzing an act incorporating the system — “No Child Left Behind”. Besides, some background information as well as main legislations would be included in this article.
Test-based Accountability, Childhood Education, Educational Testing and Assessment, No Child Left Behind