ERIC Number: ED420092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
School Productivity. ERIC Digest, Number 119.
Some of the issues surrounding school productivity are discussed in this ERIC digest. It presents the results of early research that explored whether there is a relationship between educational funding and student outcomes. Some of the reasons behind schools' productivity problems are presented, including problems with unstable governance and the disproportionately high salaries being paid to veteran teachers. Overall, research suggests that most schools spend 60 percent of funds for direct instruction and about 40 percent for support services. The report suggests that should productive schools have a clear, objective function with measurable outcomes; incentives linked to success; efficient access to information; adaptability; and use of cost-effective technologies. Additional research regarding productive schools shows that math scores were positively tied to lower student-teacher ratios and to expenditures on instruction and school-district administration. Some of the practical strategies that schools can employ include reducing noninstructional expenditures, restructuring the instructional program, focusing on clear outcomes, and attracting new teachers. (RJM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Economics, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Outcomes of Education, Productivity, Resource Allocation, School Administration, School Effectiveness, School Responsibility
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 5207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5207.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.