Monday, February 28, 2011

Educational Investments

The Center for American Progress recently released a report, Return on Educational Investment: A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity. The project measures the academic achievement of a school district relative to its educational spending, while controlling for factors outside a district’s control, such as cost of living and students in poverty. Since the recession began, 30 states have had to cut educational spending, this report serves as a great tool for policymakers because it suggests gains can be made in school districts without increasing funding, but rather if funding is used by districts more productively. Some of the reports suggestions include:

  • Promoting educational efficiency
  • Reforming school management systems
  • Smarter fairer approaches to school funding
  • Reporting far more data on school performance

PolicyforResults recently released a new section on increasing high-school completion that includes strategies for states to increase graduation rates as well as information on funding opportunities, information on funding inequity, and strategies for making effective investments that lead to a state’s intended outcomes.