Providing a comprehensive introduction to the topic of accountability and datafication in the governance of education, the World Yearbook of Education 2021 considers global policy dynamics and policy enactment processes. Chapters pay particular attention to the role of international organizations and the private sector in the promotion of performance-based accountability (PBA) in different educational settings and at multiple policy scales.
Organized into three sections, chapters cover: the global/local construction of accountability and datafication; global discourse and national translations of performance-based accountability policies; and enactments and effects of accountability and datafication, including controversies and critical issues.
With carefully chosen international contributions from around the globe, the World Yearbook of Education 2021 is ideal reading for anyone interested in the future of accountability and datafication in the governance of education.
Table of Contents
Introduction : Accountability and Datafication in Education : Historical, Transnational and Conceptual perspectives Sotiria Grek, Christian Maroy and Antoni Verger
Part I The global/local construction of accountability and datafication
Chapter 1 : The Construction of Worlds. On the Function and Fiction of quantified data in education policy
Eric Mangez & Pieter Vanden Broeck
Chapter 2 : The construction of SDG4: Reconciling democratic imperatives and technocratic expertise in the making of global education data?
Clara Fontdevila & Sotiria Grek
Chapter 3 : Re-engineering the infrastructure of performance-based accountability. For-profit philanthropy, learning sciences, and automated education at the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative
Chapter 4 : Between Fairness Optimization and ‘Inequalities of Dataveillance’ – the Emergence and Transformation of Social Indices in German School Monitoring and Management
Sigrid Hartong & Andreas Breiter
Chapter 5 : Capacity Building as the ‘Third Translation’: The Story of PISA-D in Cambodia
Radhika Gorur & Camilla Addey
Part II : Global discourse and national translations of performance-based accountability policies
Chapter 6 : National Testing and Accountability in the Scandinavian Welfare States: Education Policy Translations in Norway, Denmark and Sweden
Guri Skedsmo, Linda Rönnberg & Christian Ydesen
Chapter 7 : Accountability and Datafication in Francophone Contexts: A Reinforcing Cognitive State Still Challenged by Local Actors
Christian Maroy, Vincent Dupriez & Xavier Pons.
Chapter 8 : National Standardized Assessments in South Africa: Policy and Power Play
Thokozani Chilenga-Butao, Melanie Ehren & Nomacotsho Pakade
Chapter 9 : Accountability Policies in Chinese Basic Education: the Long March towards Quality and Evidence.
Xingguo Zhou & Romuald Normand
Chapter 10 : Performance-based accountability in Brazil: Trends of Diversification and Integration
Dalila Andrade Oliveira & Luís Miguel Carvalho
Part III : Enactments and effects of accountability and datafication: controversies and critical issues
Chapter 11 : A Sociological Analysis of the Effects of Standards-Based Accountability Policies on the Distribution of Educational Outcomes
Aaron M. Pallas
Chapter 12 : Siren song: performance-based accountability systems, effectiveness, and equity. Evidence from PISA in education systems in Europe and Canada.
Chapter 13 : In and out of the ‘pressure cooker’: Schools’ varying responses to accountability and datafication
Antoni Verger, Gerard Ferrer-Esteban & Lluís Parcerisa
Chapter 14 : The Performative to the Datafied Teacher Subject: Teacher Evaluation in Tennessee
Jessica Holloway & Priya Goel La Londe
Chapter 15 : Enactments and resistances to globalizing testing regimes and performance-based accountability in the USA
Sotiria Grek is Professor in European and Global Education Governance at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Christian Maroy is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at UCLouvain, Belgium and a researcher for GIRSEF, a research centre of which he is the co-founder and former director.
Antoni Verger is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain and a research fellow at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA).