Accountability is the idea of holding schools, districts, educators, and students responsible for student achievement. Generally, this refers to the process of consistent collection, analysis, and reporting of accurate data paired with a system of incentives, intervention, and goal-setting to encourage increased student achievement.

The latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, called for stronger accountability requiring states and districts to publish annual reports about state and school progress. Schools that do not make adequate progress must provide supplemental services and take corrective actions.>/p>

U.S. Department of Education: Accountability – This site is about the accountability policies of the No Child Left Behind Act. It includes an overview of the plan for stronger accountability, along with specific policy information.

Education Commission of the States: Accountability – The ECS was created to improve education by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among school leaders and policymakers. This site contains multiple research articles about accountability in education.

Alabama State Department of Education Accountability Reporting System – Here you can find Alabama’s accountability reports and documents from 2001 to the current school year.