ERIC Number: ED410665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Investing in Student Achievement.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
During 1996-97 the Education Commission of the States explored three policy areas in which state efforts to improve student achievement have been increasingly concentrated: early childhood education, teacher quality and stronger connections between the K-12 and postsecondary systems. The study surveyed the scope and intensity of state efforts in the three areas, assessed their progress, and examined some of the methods available to states to invest in such initiatives in the face of limited resources. Many of the programs and policies reflected a profound shift in thinking about the basic structure of the public education system; equally impressive was the magnitude of states' financial investment in such initiatives. However, most of the states had undergone little or no systematic evaluation in terms of their impact on student learning. The information void is due in large part to the nature of public-sector budgeting, which is incremental and depends on ever-increasing revenues. The trends toward declining revenues and the escalating competition for resources increase the urgency of adopting a different, more investment-minded approach. The report concludes with an examination of some of the methods that states can use to develop a more investment-oriented approach to education policymaking. This approach is based on the notion that a more rational, results-based budget process--coupled with a greater emphasis on program evaluation and monitoring--can lead to significantly better use of existing resources and increased public confidence. One figure is included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Budgeting, College School Cooperation, Early Childhood Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Professional Development, Resource Allocation, State Action
ECS Distribution Center, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 (Stock No. SI-97-9; $10 plus $3 postage and handling; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.