School Funding and Student Achievement

School Funding and Student Achievement

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This Brief explores school funding reform in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. In 1990, Kentucky passed the Kentucky Education Reform Act designed to overhaul that statea€™s education system. Two years later, Tennessee passed the Education Improvement Act which included the Basic Education Plan, designed to foster equity in funding among the statea€™s schools. Initiated as a result of lawsuits against the statesa€™ educational systems, both programs dealt with school funding, specifically funding equalization among districts. This Brief examines the environments that precipitated funding reform in each state as well as the outcomes of the reforms on student achievement. The similarities and differences between the approaches in each state are analyzed and compared to related reform programs in other states. An in-depth study of regional educational reform in the United States, this Brief is of use to public policy scholars as well as education policy consultants and other school system or state education leaders.One example of the long-term impact of poor assessment measures can be found in examining 4th grade reading. ... The NAEP report indicates that Massachusetts has the most accurate state assessment for 4th grade reading, Wyoming in 8th ... Massachusetts also has the highest ACT composite average in the country with a score of 23a€”nearly a full 2 points above the national average (ACT 2007).

Title:School Funding and Student Achievement
Author: Andy Spears
Publisher:Springer - 2014-10-07

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