Mintrop, Heinwich, and Gail L. Sunderman, "Predictable Failure of Federal Sanctions-Driven Accountability for School Improvement -- And Why We May Retain It Anyway," Educational Researcher, 38(june/July,2009), 353-364.


Summarizes results of studies on three questions: 1) Do sanctions-driven accountability systems produce the intended results in NCLB and other attempts? 2) Is it practical and can it be implemented? 3) Is it valued and legitimate?

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Evaluation

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Integrative Inquiry

Type of Study

Research Synthesis

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Standards and Testing, Evaluation of Instruction, Program Audit/Evaluation, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum, Ethical Issues in Curriculum, Student Assessment, Social Efficiency/Control, Local Control of Schooling, Curriculum Implementation


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