The Hurricane of Accountabilities?: Comparison of Accountability Comprehensions and Practices
2011 (English)In: How School Principals Sustain Success over Time: International Perspectives / [ed] Lejf Moos, Olof Johansson and Christopher Day, DORDRECHT: Springer Netherlands, 2011, Vol. 14, 199-222 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
During the past 5 years since we visited the schools and principals were included in the International Successful School Principals Project for the first time, major changes have occurred in the ways in which schools are governed and managed. Since the start of the project in 2001, the “hurricane of accountability” has reached all countries in the project. This recent development is, first of all, characterized by an increased focus on student achievement and performance measurement as a key part of evaluation processes. Second, it implies a changed concept of educational quality, which in form seems to be defined by expectations about specific outcomes. Third, it indicates a belief that any divergence between the expected outcomes and the level of achievements can be identified. Along with this development, schools are increasingly being perceived as the unit of measurement and the need to make actors such as principals and teachers accountable is emerging.
This chapter describes main changes in school governance with an emphasis on the establishment of systems to control and monitor educational quality. Moreover, it investigates similarities and differences in the ways of which principals in the USA on the one hand, and principals in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden on the other, respond to expectations about improving student outcomes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
DORDRECHT: Springer Netherlands, 2011. Vol. 14, 199-222 p.
, Studies in Educational Leadership, ISSN 1572-3909 ; Vol 14
Educational Sciences Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-74403DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-1335-2_12ISI: 000292078500012ISBN: 978-94-007-1334-5 (Print)ISBN: 978-94-007-1335-2 (Online)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-74403DiVA: diva2:633761