ERIC Number: ED482363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Investing in Instruction for Higher Student Achievement.
Insights on Education Policy, Practice, and Research, n15 Sep 2003
This policy brief presents findings from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory research on resource allocation in 1,504 independent school districts in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas. Using 5 years' data from the federal Common Core of Data and the Census Bureau along with 3 years of student performance data from each state department of education, the study analyzed operating expenditures by function; teacher and administrator staffing; various district and student characteristics; and student achievement test scores. Using a variety of analysis tools and a wide array of collected data, the study answered the following research questions: (1) What are the expenditure patterns over time in school districts across varying levels of student performance? (2) How do improvement districts (districts with consistent increases in student performance over time) allocate their financial and human resources? (3) What allocation practices have improvement districts implemented that they identify as effective? and (4) What barriers and challenges have improvement districts faced in allocation practices? The policy brief includes study results for each state, definitions, recommendations for policymakers, and a short list of resources. (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Costs, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Human Resources, Personnel Policy, Resource Allocation, School District Spending, School District Wealth, Staff Utilization, State School District Relationship, Student Characteristics
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 East Seventh Street, Austin, TX 78701. Tel: 800-476-6861 (Toll Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.sedl.org. For full text: http://www.sedl.org/policy/insights/n15/insights15.pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Louisiana; New Mexico; Texas