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accountability

a term introduced to the public sector from business management. In education it refers to the idea that the performance (in a variety of areas) of institutions groups and individuals be judged according to measurable criteria. It is controversial partly because quite a number of educational aims are not easily quantifiable or measurable with the result that they are either only weakly covered by the accountability model or that other data more susceptible to measurement are perhaps given undue attention.