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Narrow-minded accountability measures create failure schools in disadvantaged contexts: A case study of a Junior-High School
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study is to describe the content and context of the performance measurement in a junior- highschool, giving a broad description of the school and its community: student composition, resources and students' results. The study reports and analyzes crucial events and changes that have occurred in the schoolduring two years. Furthemore it describes how the school's  performance is measured and perceived and what consequence the accountability policy adopted had on the school and its functioning. This study gives an example of the negative consequences of a NPM inspired accountability model. Accountability measures have long-going practical, economic, psychological consequences and should utilizevariables that measure different goals of the educational organization, as inclusion, equity and fairness, not only indicators like costs and average grades. The average students' qualification value is not appropriate in order to measure performance at the school level.

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Keyword [en]
New Public Management, accountability, performance measurement, special needs, inclusion
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Special Education; Special Education with a Focus on Educational Science; Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81762OAI: diva2:563753
ECER Conference Cadiz 2012, The Need for Educational Research to Champion Freedom, Education and Development for All
Delaktighet, Socialt klimat och Lärande
Swedish Research Council, 1438701
Available from: 2012-10-31 Created: 2012-10-31 Last updated: 2012-12-03Bibliographically approved

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