ERIC Number: ED446205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Performance Driven Budget Initiative of the New York City Board of Education (September 1998-August 1999). Second Annual Report.
Siegel, Dorothy; Zurer, Erica; Fruchter, Norm
This report reviews the second-year implementation of the New York City public school system's Performance Driven Budget (PDB) initiative. The Galaxy budgeting system that is part of the PDB initiative generates a school's budget from its table of organization, and then derives district and Central budgets by aggregating all school budgets. After 2 years of implementing PDB in New York City, the outline of a radically different budgeting and instructional improvement system may be emerging. While the first year's evaluation focused on the conditions for implementation, the second year evaluation documents and analyzes the effectiveness of PDB design and implementation at Central, district, and school levels. Information from a number of data sources indicates that the central office and districts and schools have begun to create the school-driven, instructionally focused budgeting system that the PDB planners envisioned. There is some evidence that the changes have begun to have some effect in PDB district and schools. The findings of the second year evaluation are based on the assumption that changes in seven areas of policy and practice must occur in order for the successful implementation of PDB: movement of authority in budgeting, personnel and instructional planning to the school level; restructuring of resource allocation to support instructional planning and budgeting; improvement in the provision of demographic and outcome data to schools; development of the capacity to support school-level planning and budgeting; creation of more participatory decision-making structures at the school level; establishment of effective accountability in PDB districts; commitment to a system-wide culture that supports school decision-making and improvement. Three appendixes provide supplemental information about PDB. (Contains 21 charts and 25 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Decentralization, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Performance, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Resource Allocation, School Based Management, Surveys
New York University Institute for Education and Social Policy, 726 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003 ($15). Tel: 212-998-5880; Fax: 212-995-4564; Web site: http://www.nyu.edu/iesp.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. for Education and Social Policy.