Christina van Barrieveld

Special Issue

Priorities and Values in Accountability Programs


The authors examine relationships among three principal elements of educational accountability: assessment of achievement, collection of educational indicators, and setting of educational policy, using a Venn diagram to portray interactions among the three. Their main argument rests on the importance of understanding value perspectives in accountability. Because different value positions are largely unexamined, important data remain uncollected, and much that is collected remains underanalyzed. As a consequence, important issues remain unaddressed, and accountability fails to serve the needs of education.