Saturday, January 29, 2011

A District by District Evaluation of Educational Productivity

To spark a national dialogue about educational productivity, The Center for American Progress has attempted to evaluate the return on investment (ROI) of almost every major school district in the country. They have created an interactive map to look at how much learning a district produces for every dollar spent, after controlling for factors such as cost of living and students in poverty. You can use the map to see how each district performs and click on the tabs to toggle between our three different approaches. They call them Basic ROI, Adjusted ROI, and Predicted Index.

Of course, I've made it pretty clear, that I think current measurements are flawed, however the data is rather interesting.  Especially looking at per pupil spending.  What do I recommend as an assessment measure?  Well, tracking where students end up as adults of course...Then measuring items such as happiness, joy, career satisfaction, life satisfaction, and impact they felt school had on contributing to their success.

Til then if you want to see the ROI with our current measures, check it out by clicking on the map below. 

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