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Parents View Student Accountability Differently Than Policymakers

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Parents and community members often have different expectations than policymakers have for what it means to hold schools accountable for student success, suggests a research brief.

For instance, the brief—produced by the Aurora, Colo.-based Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, a nonprofit research organization—found that parents and community members want evidence of accountability, but they do not always consider test scores as adequate measures of ac-countability. The research brief is based on existing research, focus groups, follow-up interviews, and surveys of parents and community members.

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