Symposium on Accountability in K-12 Education

"Testing and Accountability in K-12 Public Education" Testing Accountability Flier

Organized by the Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity and co-sponsored by the Education Economics Center
Friday, October 12, 2018
Kennesaw State University

Under the Constitution of the State of Georgia, K-12 public education is a “primary obligation” of state government. Since the passage of the A+ Education Reform Act by the Georgia General Assembly in 2000 and the federal No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, Georgia public school students have taken annual standardized exams designed to be aligned to state content standards, and public schools and educators were to be subject to accountability provisions largely based on student performance on these annual exams. This testing and accountability regime has changed over the years as federal and state laws and policies have been changed.

Given that we are almost 20 years into the era of testing and accountability in public schools, it is time to have a frank discussion with a diversity of viewpoints as to whether the current testing and accountability regime is the best way to ensure that students receive the best possible educational opportunities given the resources devoted to K-12 public schools.

Opening Lecture
Prillaman Hall HS-1103
“The Economics of Testing and Accountability in K-12 Public Schools,” Ben Scafidi, Director of the Education Economics Center at Kennesaw State University

Panel Discussion on “Testing and Accountability in K-12 Public Schools—Stay the Course, End It, or Mend It?”
Prillaman Hall HS-1103


  • Shepard Barbash
    (writer and former education advisor to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue)

  • Alisha Thomas Cromartie
    (former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, D-Austell)

  • Neal McCluskey
    (Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute)

  • Eric Wearne
    (Provost, Holy Spirit College and former State of Georgia Accountability Official)

  • Moderator:
    Ben Scafidi
    (Kennesaw State University and worked on accountability issues for Georgia Governors Roy Barnes and Sonny Perdue)

Film Screening, “The Education of Michelle Rhee”
Prillaman Hall HS-1000