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Hemelt, Steven W.; Jacob, Brian A. – Education Finance and Policy, 2020
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education granted states the opportunity to apply for waivers from the core requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. In exchange, many states implemented systems of differentiated accountability that included a focus on schools with the largest achievement gaps between subgroups of students. We use…
Descriptors: Accountability, Achievement Gap, Educational Change, Mathematics Achievement
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Hyman, Joshua – Education Finance and Policy, 2017
This paper examines the effects of requiring and paying for all public high school students to take a college entrance exam, a policy adopted by eleven states since 2001. I show that prior to the policy, for every ten poor students who score college-ready on the ACT or SAT, there are an additional five poor students who would score college-ready…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, High School Students, Public Schools, Educational Finance
Conlin, Michael; Thompson, Paul N. – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
We consider issues of equality and efficiency in two different school funding systems--a state-level system in Michigan and a foundation system in Ohio. Unlike Ohio, the Michigan system restricts districts from generating property or income tax revenue to fund operating expenditures. In both states, districts fund capital expenditures with local…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Financial Support, State Aid
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Roy, Joydeep – Education Finance and Policy, 2011
Michigan radically altered its school finance system in 1994. The new plan, called Proposal A, significantly increased state aid to the lowest-spending school districts and limited future increases in spending in the highest-spending ones, abolishing local discretion over school spending. I investigate the impact of Proposal A on the distribution…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Objectives, State Aid, Finance Reform