What Can $46 Million Buy? An Evidence-Based Evaluation of Federal Funding
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
Whilemillions of dollars were provided to a large, urban school district in Texas for student achievement through the Title I, Part A grant, the required compliance data for prior evaluations was focused on a descriptive analysis of the students served, rather than changes in their academic achievement. This year, an innovative new evidence-based cost-effectiveness evaluation will be conducted for the Title I, Part A grant. This evaluation paper will illustrate the quarterly differences in school-level spending practices throughout the urban school district and if annual categorical expenditures can be associated with student achievement for the 2014-2015 school year.
Although politicians have implemented laws to allocate funding to improve student academic performance, academic researchers have debated if there is a relationship between expenditures and student achievement.While some research has shown an association between spending in schools and achievement (Archibald, 2006; Author, 2010), others have concluded that there is no correlation or only a weak association between financial inputs and student outcomes (Coulson, 2014; Grub, 2009).
This evaluation paper will provide a fiscal transparency to one of the largest federal grants in the urban school district. Not only will it offer detailed information for school leadership on how federal money is being expended throughout the district, it can aid them in where there are associations, or if there are no associations between categorical school expenditures and student outcomes. Federal government officials can also utilize this information to aid in their decision-making process for future education policies that allocate funding for specific student populations to school districts across the nation.
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Coulson, A. (2014). State education trends academic performance and spending over the past 30 years. CATO Institute 746, 1-60.
Grubb,W. N. (2009). Themoneymyth: School resources, outcomes, and equity. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.
Texas Education Agency (2015a). 2012-2013 Actual Financial Data. Totals for State Total (All Districts). http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/cgi/sas/broker?_service=marykay&_program=sfadhoc.actual_repo rt_2013.sas&_service=appserv&_debug=0&who_box=&who_list=_STATE