Performance Pressure and Resource Allocation in Washington

January 2008

New accountability systems require that states and districts accomplish something never accomplished before—ensuring that all students meet state standards.

To explore how these heightened state and national performance expectations have altered educational resource decisions, the School Finance Redesign Project (SFRP) at CRPE conducted interviews of state, district, and school leaders in four states, asking these leaders about their efforts to improve student performance and the constraints they face in implementing improvement reforms. This report presents the findings of state, district, and school interviews conducted in Washington State.