Educational Accountability: International perspectives on challenges and possibilities for school leadership provides an opportunity to assess, reflect on, and discuss current issues surrounding accountability policies in education from around the globe and the implications they hold for school leadership. It addresses the global trend of accountability policies expanding in scope to include the education profession as well as the increasing incidence of international policy borrowing, brought on chiefly by globalisation.

Specific case studies offer a contextual examination of the theory, policy and practice of accountability and an inspection of their influence on school leadership. Cases are intentionally juxtaposed to provide a broad perspective of regional and cultural similarities and departures, and are arranged to reflect the diasporic Chinese, Anglo, European, and Hispanic societies.

Bringing together a number of highly regarded experts within the field, the book cultivates a global perspective on the challenges and possibilities for school leaders to foster school effectiveness and improvement. Educational Accountability should be key reading for researchers, policy makers, and current and future school leaders.

chapter 1|5 pages


Conceptualizing educational accountability across clobal contexts

chapter 2|12 pages

Principal leadership and accountability in Australia

A fine balance indeed

chapter 3|16 pages

Aotearoa New Zealand

Examining the challenges of educational accountability policies and exploring possibilities for school leadership

chapter 4|20 pages

From policy and practice to possibilities

The context of educational accountability in the U.S. and praxis of school leadership

chapter 5|19 pages


School leadership challenged by double accountability towards schools

chapter 6|6 pages

School accountability policy in practice

Learning by comparing Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Chile

chapter 7|13 pages

Teacher evaluation and educational accountability in China

Implications for school leadership

chapter 8|18 pages

The School Development and Accountability Framework in Hong Kong

Possibilities of educational leadership

chapter 9|19 pages

School education and accountability in India

Mapping current policies and practices

chapter 10|13 pages

The promises and perils of school leadership for accountability

Four lessons from China, Hong Kong, and India

chapter 11|13 pages

Accountability policies and school leadership in Austria

Increasing competition and little accountability

chapter 12|10 pages

Top-down accountability and local management

Tensions and contradictions experienced by French principals as leaders

chapter 13|19 pages

Accountability in the German school system

More of a burden than a preference

chapter 14|21 pages

Swinging between two platforms

Accountability policy in the Netherlands and educational leadership in and around schools

chapter 17|6 pages

Educational accountability around the globe

Challenges and possibilities for school leadership