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On Tuesday, David Figlio - an economist who does great work
on the intended and unintended consequences of accountability systems - and I will chat with Ed Week
readers about testing and accountability. The event description is below, and you can submit questions here
Raising student achievement has long been a major issue in the American public education system. But with the advent of the No Child Left Behind Act and its testing mandates, even more attention has been directed towards this issue. As states release their annual school report cards, testing and accountability have once again emerged as hot topics of debate, with New York City Public Schools receiving considerable scrutiny of late.
Consequently, many observers have questioned whether state testing and accountability systems are accurately depicting student performance and the size of the achievement gap between groups.