ERIC Number: ED123732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
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Achievement Based Funding: The Michigan Experience with Compensatory Education.
Rumbaugh, Stanley A.; Donovan, David L.
Prior to 1971, a local district's eligibility to participate in Michigan's Compensatory Education Program was established on the basis of socioeconomic deprivation of the student body, the state legislature mandated the kind of expenditures that were allowable, and school district eligibility was determined annually. In 1971, the state board of education proposed a new three-year experimental program with the following elements: a direct measure of basic skills in reading and mathematics as the measure of eligibility, assurance of three-year funding, provision of funding adjustments to be determined by program success, provision for an annual evaluation of each pupil's progress to determine his level of attainment, extension of program discretion to the local school district, and provision for district funding as a means of providing flexibility to serve all pupils. Although the district accountability was never fully operational, it has been determined that school districts can be held accountable for educating the lowest achieving pupils and that additional money for educational programs in basic skills can result in higher attainment. Regardless of the conceptual framework of future programs, Michigan is likely to continue to use actual student achievement as the indicator of need and success. (Author/IRT)
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