Achieving School Accountability in Practice (ASAP) (completed)
Achieving accountability in school practice is one of the core issues, if not the key issue on the international agenda of school improvement and one of the central aims of the current school reforms in Norway
About the project
The ASAP project aimed at an empirical evaluation of whether the tools, which were being used to achieve accountability, do in fact have the expended results, and what can be done to help school owners (municipalities and counties) and schools to deal with accountability. To achieve this, the project studied the political frame of accountability and its impact and enactment at local and school level. As accountability was based on a wide range of economical, organizational, regulatory and pedagogical tools, the project used a cross-disciplinary approach, integrating empirical research from fields like school economy and management, policy analysis, program evaluation, school improvement etc.