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What is accountability in education? Why is it important? Are we being accountable for the right things? Is testing the best way of ensuring accountability? More than 150 of Alberta’s business, community and education leaders will attend a symposium in Edmonton on February 2 and 3 to discuss these and other questions about accountability in education.

Dr Kenneth Leithwood from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto will give the keynote address and lead the discussion. Leithwood’s research and writing about school leadership, educational policy and organizational change are widely known and respected. He is the co-author of The Schools We Need, April 2003, which audited Ontario’s education policy and suggested how schools there could be improved.

Leithwood challenges the assumption that more testing will automatically make the education system more accountable. He suggests other ways of making schools more accountable so that they meet the current and future needs of students and society.

Media are invited to attend the symposium. Dr Leithwood will also be available for interviews while he is in Edmonton. Symposium details are as follows:

When: Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3
Time: 8:45–4:00 (Thursday) and 9:00–1:00 (Friday)
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Where: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, 10065 100 Street, Edmonton

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Dr Leithwood will also be available for talk-shows on Wednesday, February 1, in the evening and on Thursday, February 2, after 11:30 am. To book an interview on a show or to receive a copy of background information, please call one of the numbers below. Media attending the symposium may interview Leithwood at the event.

For more information, please contact Eilish Lemieux at 780-447-9411 or Frank Horvath at 780-447-9440 (in Edmonton) or 1-800-232-7208 (from elsewhere in Alberta).