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Ten Reasons Accountability Matters

November 21, 2017 2 minute Read by William McKenzie
Gleaned from The A Word: Accountability-Today's Dirty Word of Education Reform, here are some of the leading reasons school accountability matters

School accountability. In some circles, the term has become a dirty word. But here are 10 reasons that the fundamentals of accountability -- raising academic standards, testing students regularly to see if they grasp them, and assigning some consequence to the results  -- still matter.  

These points come from education leaders who participated in interviews this year for The A Word: Accountability--The Dirty Word of Today's School Reform. You can read those full conversations at this Bush Center link. 

Why Accountability Matters 

 


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William McKenzie
William McKenzie

William McKenzie is editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute, where he also serves as editor of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute.

Active in education issues, he co-teaches an education policy class at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also participates in the Bush Institute’s school accountability project.

Before joining the Bush Institute, the Fort Worth native served 22 years as an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News and led the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog. The University of Texas graduate’s columns appeared nationwide and he has won a Pulitzer Prize and commentary awards from the Education Writers Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Texas Headliners Foundation, among other organizations. He still contributes columns and essays for the Morning News and The Weekly Standard.

Before joining the News in 1991, he earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a dozen years in Washington, D.C. During that time, he edited the Ripon Forum.

McKenzie has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, on the board of a homeless organization, and on governing committees of a Dallas public school. He also is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he lives with his wife and their twin children.

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