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In this paper, the authors discuss the effectiveness of the main features in current accountability practices and the contribution they make to improving school performance. In particular, they explore what education systems and schools could do to expand and optimise the benefits of accountability practices. First, they review the literature on the effectiveness of accountability practices at the macro/global level, and present examples from four high-performing systems. They then discuss findings from evaluations of six accountability practices that are commonly implemented by systems and schools. Finally, they outline a range of evidence-based actions schools could use to improve the effectiveness of their accountability practices.