Pronunciation: (u-koun"tu-bil'i-tē), [key]
1. the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.
2. Educ.a policy of holding schools and teachers accountable for students' academic progress by linking such progress with funding for salaries, maintenance, etc.
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