ERIC Number: ED446204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Performance Driven Budget Initiative of the New York City Board of Education. First Annual Report.
Siegel, Dorothy; Naphtali, Zvia Segal; Fruchter, Norm; Berne, Robert
In 1996 the Chancellor introduced Performance Driven Budgeting (PDB) to the New York City schools. PDB is a form of decentralized budgetary decision making intended to provide local educators with increased control and flexibility over the use of resources. The plan established a framework of goals and principles, outlined a phased-in implementation, and called for outside funding for an evaluation. This first year evaluation, from the inception of PDB in September 1996 through August 1998, focuses on how and to what extent the conditions necessary for the successful implementation of PDB are being created in the districts and the central office. The second and third annual reports will assess the level and effectiveness of schools' implementation of PDB. The critical feature of PDB, linking budgeting to improvement in instruction and student performance, distinguishes the approach from other school-based budgeting approaches being implemented in the United States. In this first year, surveys were completed by 87 planning team members from PDB elementary schools and 16 team members from non-PDB schools and 44 team members from PDB high schools. Significant changes were apparent at the central level, with purposive activity attempting to link and integrate many traditionally fragmented operations and functions apparent centrally and in the schools. Strong leadership and a sustained focus will be needed to implement changes at the school level as the program progresses. Six appendixes describe current and proposed policies, give details of planning team interviews, and explain how to use the PDB Web Conference Center. (Contains 3 charts, 31 tables, and 4 figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Decentralization, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Performance, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Resource Allocation, School Based Management, Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. for Education and Social Policy.