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The Big Bet on Adding Staff to Improve Schools Is Breaking the Bank

2020-03-16T22:25:45+00:00

By going all-in on staffing, we’ve crowded out other potential investments­ that can positively impact student learning. In this paper, Marguerite Roza writes that competing strategies should be viewed through the lens of which can do the most for students with the limited dollars at hand.


The Big Bet on Adding Staff to Improve Schools Is Breaking the Bank2020-03-16T22:25:45+00:00

The “Would You Rather?” Test

2020-03-16T22:31:39+00:00

Education spending always involves choices, and smart choices require understanding value for the dollar. This paper uses the "would you rather" exercise to explore tradeoffs in school spending and think through the value of various cost-equivalent investments.


The “Would You Rather?” Test2020-03-16T22:31:39+00:00

A Guide for SEA-led Resource Allocation Reviews. Appendix 1: Sample Data Report

2020-04-17T03:09:02+00:00

Resource allocation reviews (RARs) in districts that serve low-performing schools offer a new opportunity to examine the connection between resource allocation and academic outcomes. This sample data report is an example of what state leaders can assemble and share with district leaders.


A Guide for SEA-led Resource Allocation Reviews. Appendix 1: Sample Data Report2020-04-17T03:09:02+00:00

Training School Leaders to Spend Wisely

2020-03-17T02:57:12+00:00

This article in Education Next shines a light on the pressing need to better support district and school leaders in their work on the spending side of the equation.


Training School Leaders to Spend Wisely2020-03-17T02:57:12+00:00

With New Data, School Finance Is Coming Out of the Dark Ages

2020-04-14T00:10:31+00:00

In this blog and podcast, Marguerite Roza explains how a sleeper provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will serve up a motherlode of new school-level financial data, offering an unprecedented opportunity to be better equipped to tackle some of education’s most pressing issues.


With New Data, School Finance Is Coming Out of the Dark Ages2020-04-14T00:10:31+00:00

Productivity Improvements Paper Series

2020-03-16T21:36:47+00:00

These five Rapid Response briefs model the costs of productivity improvements in K-12 education, including changes in staffing ratios, the impact of late-career teacher pay raises on pension debt, and paying the best teachers more to teach more students.


Productivity Improvements Paper Series2020-03-16T21:36:47+00:00

Productivity is sometimes seen as a dirty word in education

2020-03-16T21:53:00+00:00

This article explores how school systems can improve productivity even when so much of what matters—the human variables and relationships in student learning—can’t be centrally managed and scaled across schools.


Productivity is sometimes seen as a dirty word in education2020-03-16T21:53:00+00:00

The Productivity of Rural Schools

2020-03-16T21:57:36+00:00

Remote rural districts are often more expensive and yield lower student outcomes than urban and suburban districts. Yet some rural districts generate higher-than-expected learning results without proportionately higher spending. Based on interviews with leaders in 30 rural remote districts, Marguerite Roza identifies six factors that make some districts “productivity superstars."


The Productivity of Rural Schools2020-03-16T21:57:36+00:00

The Smart Money:  Designing a school budget to get the most for your school dollar

2020-04-17T03:22:09+00:00

In this hands-on workshop presented at NAIS national conference in March 2017 school leaders dove into the math of school resource allocation. Dr. Roza shared innovative financial strategies and how leaders could apply the concepts to their own school context.


The Smart Money:  Designing a school budget to get the most for your school dollar2020-04-17T03:22:09+00:00

Highly Productive Rural Districts: What is the Secret Sauce?

2020-03-16T22:00:41+00:00

In this paper we identify some common themes that makes some remote rural districts “productivity superstars” and describe steps states can take to encourage and support district productivity.


Highly Productive Rural Districts: What is the Secret Sauce?2020-03-16T22:00:41+00:00

Paying the Best Teachers More to Teach More Students

2020-04-17T03:24:36+00:00

In this analysis we find how allowing our best teachers to teach more students in lieu of hiring additional staff could offer significant teacher bonuses. Findings are modeled state-by-state.


Paying the Best Teachers More to Teach More Students2020-04-17T03:24:36+00:00

Webinar: Training Principals for Budgeting at the School Level

2020-03-17T00:58:33+00:00

In this webinar and presentation, we share seven key steps for principals to customize their use of resources based on student outcomes goals and needs. This includes concrete budget strategies and hands-on exercises to help principals understand and weigh cost and tradeoff scenarios.


Webinar: Training Principals for Budgeting at the School Level2020-03-17T00:58:33+00:00

Taking Off the Heat

2020-04-08T22:39:36+00:00

On January 29, 2014 Marguerite Roza shared risks and rewards that emerge when districts “decentralize” engagement around financial decisions to the school level with Portfolio School District Network members in Houston, TX.


Taking Off the Heat2020-04-08T22:39:36+00:00

The Case Against High School Sports

2020-03-17T05:35:47+00:00

In this article published by The Atlantic, author Amanda Ripley draws on Marguerite Roza’s research as she describes the role of high school sports in the American education system, how current resource allocations favor sports over academics, and consequences as American students fall behind in international rankings.


The Case Against High School Sports2020-03-17T05:35:47+00:00

How Current Education Governance Distorts Financial Decisionmaking

2020-03-16T16:35:19+00:00

In this chapter, Roza assesses the strengths and weaknesses of what remains of the old in education governance, scrutinizes how traditional governance forms are changing, and suggests how governing arrangements might be further altered to produce better educational outcomes for children.


How Current Education Governance Distorts Financial Decisionmaking2020-03-16T16:35:19+00:00

Student-Based Allocation to Enable School Choice

2020-03-16T16:34:29+00:00

This brief explains the need for student-based allocation to enable student choice and portable funding across schools within districts.


Student-Based Allocation to Enable School Choice2020-03-16T16:34:29+00:00

Innovating Toward Sustainability: How Computer Labs Can Enable New Staffing Structures, and New Savings

2020-03-16T16:33:28+00:00

Using wage and staffing data from states, authors project the financial and staffing implications of one innovative school model (the Rocketship lab rotation) to highlight potential impacts on the schooling workforce and total per-student spending.


Innovating Toward Sustainability: How Computer Labs Can Enable New Staffing Structures, and New Savings2020-03-16T16:33:28+00:00

Breaking Down School Budgets: Following the Dollars into the Classroom

2020-03-13T22:44:27+00:00

This analysis examines ways in which per-pupil spending in high schools varies by subject and course level, and demonstrates how isolating spending on discrete services can have a variety of benefits.


Breaking Down School Budgets: Following the Dollars into the Classroom2020-03-13T22:44:27+00:00

Now is a Great Time to Compute the Per-Unit Cost of Everything in Education

2020-03-13T22:48:32+00:00

This paper examines how calculating the per unit costs of what schools or districts can deliver can provide the best insight into the implications of all that spending. 


Now is a Great Time to Compute the Per-Unit Cost of Everything in Education2020-03-13T22:48:32+00:00

How Districts Shortchange Low-Income and Minority Students

2020-03-13T22:50:25+00:00

Dr. Roza's analysis demonstrates that, despite district bookkeeping practices that make funding across schools within the same district appear relatively comparable, substantially less money is spent in high-poverty and high-minority schools.


How Districts Shortchange Low-Income and Minority Students2020-03-13T22:50:25+00:00