School Accountability and the Professionalization of Teaching

Guy Benveniste
University of California, Berkeley


This article addresses two conflicting trends in U.S. education. On one hand, there is a considerable expansion of statewide controls of education, including new statewide accountability schemes. On the other, there is a resurgence of interest in the professionalization of teaching. These trends are conflicting—at least for the moment­—because state accountability has tended to bureaucratize education and not pay sufficient attention to its impact on the professional dimension of teaching. 

This article was originally published in Education and Urban Society by SAGE Publications.

Suggested citationBenveniste, G. (1986, May). School accountability and the professionalization of teaching [Article]. Policy Analysis for California Education.