ac·​count·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˌkau̇n-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce accountability (audio) \

Definition of accountability

: the quality or state of being accountable especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions public officials lacking accountability

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The Obama administration backed the expansion of public charter schools and pushed for accountability measures, such as teacher evaluations and changes to tenure, that unions oppose. Michelle Hackman And Nour Malas, WSJ, "Teachers’ Strike Highlights Split Among Democrats Over Education," 18 Jan. 2019 However, strong accountability systems at the state level can ensure that every child has access to a high-quality school and a great teacher. Nancy Webb, charlotteobserver, "Our NC Influencers weigh in on reader education question," 2 July 2018 Supporting a fair and comprehensive accountability system for Michigan schools that includes everyone who has an influence in schools -- not just teachers. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Can they fix education in Michigan? 30 groups to give it a shot," 20 June 2018 Many of the recent discussions among State Board of Education members have centered on the school letter grade accountability system that ranks schools on an A-F scale. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "AzMERIT results: 56 percent of Arizona third-graders aren't proficient in reading," 18 June 2018 The Missouri School Improvement Plan, known as MSIP, is the state’s accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts in Missouri. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Under Greitens, Missouri’s state school board couldn’t meet for months. Now it’s back," 14 June 2018 The charter school, which first opened in 2012 and has earned an A-rating on state accountability measures, recently received approval from the State Bond Commission to borrow $51.2 million to build a new school on the Vintage Drive site. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Kenner charter school seeks permission to undo subdivision so it can build new school," 6 June 2018 Community advocates have argued TEA’s accountability system unfairly targets racial minorities. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "HISD gets partial Harvey accountability waiver, still faces state sanctions," 6 June 2018 The longstanding problem of chronic absenteeism is now gaining attention as states begin putting in place new accountability systems under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Liz Bowie,, "Nearly 1 in 5 Maryland students is chronically absent. At some schools, the rate is more than 75 percent.," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of accountability

1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accountability

accountable + -ity

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