ERIC Number: ED412600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Relationship between Educational Expenditure and Student Achievement: When Does Money Matter? Education Partners Working Papers.
Crampton, Faith; Whitney, Terry
The link between educational expenditure and student achievement remains a lively topic of debate after almost 30 years of study. This paper is designed to help legislators and other state policymakers understand a complex and technical area of research that will play an important role in state funding decisions. The paper examines why the relationship between educational expenditure and student achievement is important to state legislators and other policymakers; discusses results of early studies (1965-90) that explored the relationship between educational expenditure and student achievement; analyzes more recent studies (1990-95) of that relationship; identifies state initiatives linking educational expenditure and student achievement; and offers conclusions and recommendations to state policymakers. State policymakers are advised to explore alternatives for forging proactive links between education funding and student achievement; fund fiscal incentive and reward programs at the school and school district levels; develop long-term state research around the relationship of expenditure and achievement; and collect and maintain the necessary data for research and decision making. Two tables and 15 endnotes are included. (Contains 12 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Class Size, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Expenditures, Multiple Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Outcomes of Education, State Action
National Conference of State Legislatures, Education Partners Project, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1700, Denver, CO 80202-5140.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.