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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Accountability and improved student achievement

Kelvin Canavan
Executive Director Emeritus – Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Sydney; Visiting Professor – Australian Catholic University; University of Notre Dame, Australia

This article explores a case study of school system and whole-school accountability, couched in terms of staff professional performance indicators, that has been implemented in Sydney Catholic Education Office schools. These schools' strong performance in Statewide examinations has been accompanied by the development of a culture characterised by a strong emphasis on accountability and ongoing review. This form of accountability is argued to be both professionally transparent and robust, as well as conducive to increased professional activity and student outcomes.


Subject Headings

Catholic schools
New South Wales (NSW)
Educational planning
Educational evaluation
Educational administration
Educational accountability