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ERIC Number: EJ918613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
School District Budgeting and Student Achievement
Burckbuchler, Scott Alan
School Business Affairs, v75 n5 p31-33 May 2009
Public education is the cornerstone of a working, progressive, democratic society. Therefore, it matters where education dollars are spent. Budgeting decisions take on added significance in light of fulfilling the objectives of the No Child Left Behind Act, which is characterized as the most far-reaching piece of education legislation in decades. In NCLB's wake, much of the debate has focused on the instructional practices that will enable all students to meet the proficiency requirements by 2014. However, if this goal is to be realized, school districts must focus on ensuring that appropriate resources (inputs) are available to fund proven instructional strategies that produce results (outputs). In this article, the author discusses school districts' move toward performance-based budgeting, which supports the idea that school systems are less focused on what they have done in the past and are more deliberative in allocating funds. He describes an analysis of data on the relationship between performance-based budgeting and student achievement which reveals that performance-based budgeting has a positive correlation to student achievement. Although further study is needed to confirm this correlation, the fact that the data reveal a possible positive correlation between performance-based budgeting practices and student achievement is an important finding. Top criteria for budgeting decisions are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001