International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Politics of Accountability in the Era of Globalization and Late Capitalism: Disenchanting Educational Reform for Marginalized Migrants
Dr. Jean G. Blaise

In the aftermath of “A Nation at Risk,” which was issued by the National Commission on Excellence in Education in 1983 to restructure the educational system and develop new curricula, a great amount of effort was made by policy makers in Unites States to improve secondary education through more testing and accountability measures. The most important driving force behind developing new curricula was the need to boost student performance. Improved accountability, it was argued, would enable students to be better equipped to enter higher education, compete in the labor force, and be prepared for the global capitalist economy. A majority of students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) are negatively affected by these accountability measures. In the face of this impediment that students with LEP have encountered to succeed in high school, the article focuses on the core issue at hand, namely, how high-stakes testing accountability has been used in the era of globalization and late capitalism to marginalize working class migrant students in United States.

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