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The Grid: A Framework to Explore Budgeting Choices


This tool helps school, district, and state leaders strategically weigh investments by calculating per-student costs and spelling out desired results, risks involved, and how effectiveness will be measured.

The Grid: A Framework to Explore Budgeting Choices2023-07-13T22:55:17+00:00

NERD$ Lessons Learned


Why NERD$? For decades, large financial datasets captured only district-level spending data. But districtwide averages, whether for performance, spending, teacher salaries, or other data points, mask variation at the school level within districts. As with many other industries and policy areas, the use of aggregated and/or average data in education finance obscures the factors that may be more relevant in explaining

NERD$ Lessons Learned2023-09-08T22:11:30+00:00

Communication Template for Principals on Use of Federal Relief Funds


Based on messaging research on how district staff, principals, teachers, and parents engage with and react to information about school finance, this template will help principals engage their community in a way that cultivates trust and helps make the most of the federal relief dollars.  

Communication Template for Principals on Use of Federal Relief Funds2023-02-25T18:19:13+00:00

Desired Features of a State Funding System


This decision tree describes the desired features of a state education funding formula and walks policymakers through key decisions and considerations around balancing efficiency, equity and trade-offs in particular contexts.

Desired Features of a State Funding System2023-02-25T18:19:22+00:00

School Level Finance Survey Converter Tool


This downloadable tool helps states combine data from two existing federal surveys to calculate school-level per-pupil expenditures for all schools and districts in their survey files and meet the new financial transparency requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

School Level Finance Survey Converter Tool2023-02-25T18:13:19+00:00

Student Based Allocation 101


This one-page infographic explains what student-based allocation is, how it differs from traditional funding formulas and what its primary benefits are.

Student Based Allocation 1012023-02-25T18:11:28+00:00

VisionSBA: K-12 Financial Modeling Tool


VisionSBA provides education leaders with a unique outlook on spending by school level within a district, delivering insight into relative spending across schools adjusted for each school’s actual mix of students. This interactive tool developed by Marguerite Roza and Jim Simpkins answers the question: “How much does each school spend relative to all other schools in this district taking into account its particular mix of students?”

VisionSBA: K-12 Financial Modeling Tool2023-02-25T18:08:07+00:00