Make it less intrusive and more meaningful, but don't get rid of annual testing, writes Betheny Gross.
Finance and Productivity
Traditional school finance research tracks how the government distributes funds among school districts. Instead, we focus on how districts and schools use their funds and how these uses affect students’ learning opportunities.
We hope to help district and school leaders structure policy and allocate funds in ways that use every dollar to the students’ maximum benefit.
Current Work: The Costs of Blended Learning Models
We are currently analyzing the financial implications of blended learning models in 30 schools compared to traditional school funding models.
Blended learning integrates modern technology with traditional teaching in order to help students master content and skills. Its greatest advantage is that it allows students of different skill levels to learn at the pace that is right for them. Understanding how schools can use technology, funds, and teacher time efficiently will be key to expanding the success of blended learning models. The study will identify the barriers to creating successful blended learning programs and offer recommendations for overcoming those barriers.
CRPE launches new study on the costs of blended learning in K-12 schools
CRPE has received a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the financial and resource allocation implications of blended learning models.
Facing the Future: Financing Productive Schools
This report is the conclusion of an extensive six-year national study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The authors criticize school finance systems for being outmoded and not linked to student results and offer a four-part action plan for overhauling today's school finance systems.
Curing Baumol’s Disease: In Search of Productivity Gains in K–12 Schooling
Improvements in productivity in other sectors may hold important lessons for understanding how the education system can become more efficient.
Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?
This book explains how varied funding streams can prevent schools from delivering academic services that mesh with their stated priorities and offers concrete prescriptions for reform.