How well does your local school district spend its money? The Center for American Progress has ranked the educational productivity of more than 7,000 school districts.
Productivity ratings are adjusted for factors including “cost-of-living differences and higher concentrations of low-income, non-English-speaking, and special education students,” according to the report.
Few states and districts track “the bang . . . for their education buck,” writes analyst Ulrich Boser.
Analysts also looked at “twin” districts with similar students but different spending levels and results.
Of the more than 400 twin districts studied, we found the higher-spending twin spent on average $1,600 more per student to educate similar groups of students to similar achievement levels. . . . We also found a number of districts that spent equal amounts of money, had the same demographics, but ended up with different levels of student achievement.
Another report analyzes the nation’s most financially disadvantaged districts.