Title

Accountability for equity: can state policy leverage social justice?

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

International Journal of Leadership in Education

ISSN

1360-3124

Volume

4

Issue

3

DOI

10.1080/13603120120176

First Page

237

Last Page

260

Publication Date

July 2001

Abstract

This paper advocates working carefully through a tactical, practical engagement with accountability policies for the purpose of increasing educational equity and social justice for children of colour and children from low-income families. It discusses the pervasiveness of systemic racism and its effects in US schools, and explores the complexity surrounding issues of accountability and the possible disruption of this racism. Also described is the possibility of a convergence of interests between supporters of accountability and advocates for social justice. Finally, evidence is presented, from state and school district levels in Texas, that increased educational equity can be leveraged through the careful use of some accountability measures.