What Impact Does Accountability Have On Curriculum, Standards and Engagement In Education?

In the UK, as in many other countries, schools are held accountable for their ability to provide high quality education that leads to strong educational outcomes. This NFER literature review identifies and evaluates research evidence on the impact of different types of accountability systems. The review demonstrates that there are pros and cons in all accountability systems, including those in high performing countries.

Different elements of accountability need to complement each other in order to minimise unintended consequences, and consideration given to how professional accountability can play a greater role in school improvement. 

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