ERIC Number: ED372082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Riding Them off into the Sunset: A Cost-Effectiveness Review of a District's Special Programs. Publication No. 93.10.
Wilkinson, L. David; And Others
In the 1992-93 school year, in response to a request from the Board of Trustees of the Austin Independent School District (Texas) (AISD), the district's Office of Research and Evaluation conducted a retrospective examination of the 1991-92 AISD programs to determine cost-effectiveness when possible. This report describes the review process. Cost-effectiveness was calculated by dividing a measure of cost in dollars by one of two measures of effect: achievement or not dropping out. Cost was defined as the program's appropriation (budget). Achievement was based on scores on the Norm-Referenced Assessment Program for Texas or the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Dropout information came from the district's system or comparisons of predicted and actual dropouts. The office reviewed 85 programs or program components, with cost-effectiveness calculated for 18 by achievement, 16 by dropout measures, and the balance rated on other measures of effectiveness. Most programs were rated as effective. Many programs with high initial costs were relatively low in cost per student once established. The cost-effectiveness of volunteer services was also demonstrated. Twenty-seven tables present study data. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Iowa Tests of Basic Skills