U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

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Standards and Assessments

Student Achievement and School Accountability Conference
October 2002

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ACCOUNTABILITY: Raise Standards, Raise Hopes

"Accountability is an exercise in hope. When we raise academic standards, children raise their academic sights. When children are regularly tested, teachers know where and how to improve. When scores are known to parents, parents are empowered to push for change. When accountability for our schools is real, the results for our children are real."

-- President George W. Bush