ERIC Number: EJ982364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Quantifying the Successes of Public Schools
Walden, Michael L.
School Administrator, v69 n6 p20-25 Jun 2012
For decades, performance-based budgeting has been applied to evaluate the degree to which government programs and agencies are meeting their stated goals in a cost-efficient manner. The same thinking is applied to public education. In today's times of tight budgets and higher expectations, public schools are being asked to justify their budgets and their performance like never before. While not necessarily calling for a profit calculation, citizens, parents, elected officials and some in the news media want reference points for judging the value of the spending in public schools. Several standards have been developed, including graduation rate, dropout rate, scores on standardized tests and admissions to higher educational institutions. However, these measures are difficult to translate into dollar terms. In this article, the author measures the economic impact of the Virginia Beach City Schools on the metropolitan Virginia Beach economy.
Descriptors: School Districts, Public Schools, Performance Based Assessment, Cost Effectiveness, Program Budgeting, Accountability, Evaluation Criteria, Value Judgment, Dropout Rate, Graduation Rate, Standardized Tests, Scores, College Admission, Education Work Relationship, Metropolitan Areas, Economics, Economic Impact, Economic Research, Educational Benefits
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia