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.

Start date: January 1996

End date: December 2002

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Research Reports from 2001

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Do Higher State Test Scores in Texas Make for Better High School Outcomes?, Martin Carnoy, Susanna Loeb, and Tiffany L. Smith

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Assessment and Accountability Systems in the 50 States: 1999-2000, Margaret E. Goertz and Mark C. Duffy