Making accountability work in basic education: reforms, challenges and the role of the government

Yifei YAN*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Accountability has been increasingly emphasized as a key to improving the quality and inclusiveness of basic education. However, reforms around the world inspired by this line of thinking have only generated lackluster results. The paper examines the gaps between theoretical expectations and the actual practices of individual accountability measures, and explores ways to bridge them. It argues that the more fundamental shortcomings of these reforms are the result of a partial understanding of the concept of accountability, in which the role of the government is either neglected or very narrowly emphasized. It concludes that government stewardship is vital in tackling these informational, incentive, and capacity challenges facing the sector and making education accountability reforms more coherent, coordinated, and practical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-102
Number of pages13
JournalPolicy Design and Practice
Volume2
Issue number1
Early online date26 Feb 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Education accountability
  • governance
  • government stewardship
  • public sector management reforms

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