study I found on Education Week by the Center for American Progress to measure school district productivity. They measured the return on investment for over 9000 school districts across the country using a set of rubrics they developed. The results are based on district demographics and assessment scores from 2008. In their words the goals of the study are to:
First, we hope to kick-start a national conversation about educational productivity. Second, we want to identify districts that generate higher-than-average achievement per dollar spent, demonstrate how productivity varies widely within states, and encourage efforts to study highly productive districts. Third—and most important—we want to encourage states and districts to embrace approaches that make it easier to create and sustain educational efficiencies.
The study uses three different rubrics to rate districts. On the study's interactive site, we can see that our district does well on all three measures. The first measure, Basic Return on Investment (ROI), rates school districts on how much academic achievement they get for each dollar spent relative to other districts in their state. Green represents good in the charts below. The green dot with the black circle around it in the "best" section of the chart is us.
The second measure, adjusted return on investment, uses a different form of analysis to be more sensitive to spending differences within states. Once again the green dot with the black circle is our system.
The third measure, Predicted Efficiency rating measures whether a district’s achievement is higher or lower than would be predicted after accounting for its per-pupil spending and concentrations of low-income, non-Englishspeaking, and special education students. Our rating can again be found in the best section of the chart.
As can be seen by this study, our school system once again has a high rating when compared to other systems in the state and nation.