Using Virginia as a case study, examines the role that educational leaders play in the implementation of statewide accountability plans.
The insistence by policymakers and politicians that educators be held accountable for student outcomes has resulted in dramatic shifts in the responsibilities of department chairs, principals, and superintendents. Educational Leadership in an Age of Accountability explores these changes in Virginia, following its implementation of an ambitious accountability plan that called for standards of learning, statewide high-stakes tests, standards of accreditation, and annual school performance report cards. This book examines factors such as the fate of students who fail state tests, achievement differences between black and white students, ethical issues surrounding accountability measures, and the increasing politicization of local schooling. Educational Leadership in an Age of Accountability shows that accountability pressure has done more than previous reforms to foster instructional leadership.
At the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, Daniel L. Duke is Professor, and Pamela D. Tucker and Walter F. Heinecke are Assistant Professors. Margaret Grogan is Dean of the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University.