Author Archives: Doug Mesecar

School Data: How Can it Help Students Learn? Originally posted on “Data: what is it good for?”  My daughter’s answer, when I recently asked her this question was, “to keep track of things.” Great answer for an 8-year-old, but unfortunately it captures a still-too-common view that data [Read More...]
Reforming Education Funding To Reward Performance (from Forbes) Most education budgets are based almost entirely on student attendance, not actual outcomes. Current taxpayer spending on K-12 public education — at 5.4 percent of GDP — is likely unsustainable at the system’s present levels of productivity.  A new Colorado [Read More...]
Tie School Funding to Performance: Corbett’s Ready to Learn Plan Would Encourage Improvements Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Governor Tom Corbett’s 2014-15 school budget proposal contains an important provision some observers believe represents a game-changing concept in the struggle to improve the educational outcomes for all students.  With $240 million proposed for the Ready to Learn [Read More...]
Applying Performance-Based Funding To Public Education Executive Summary The purpose of performance-based funding (PBF) is to better align funding for schools with important student outcomes to incent ongoing, improved performance of schools individually and systemically. PBF provides an opportunity to make strategic investments in schools by [Read More...]
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