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Title: Linking School Resources to Strategies to Double Student Performance and Close the Achievement Gap


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Linking School Resources to Strategies to Double
Student Performance and Close the Achievement Gap
  • Every Child Counts
  • A Symposium Dedicated to Ending the Gap
  • New York State United Teachers
  • Albany, NY October 25, 2007
  • Allan R. Odden
  • Lawrence O. Picus and Associates

2
Prime Education Goal
  • Dramatically improve student achievement and
    close the gap
  • Rhetoric all students to high standards
  • Our definition Double Student Performance and
    halve the achievement gap

3
School Finance Perspective
  • Adequacy covers these goals, and adds the
    funding and resource use dimensions

4
Adequacy
  • What it costs to educate children to world class
    performance standards and close the achievement
    gap

5
Why Adequacy?
  • Odd word for an ambitious goal
  • We mean doubling performance and at least halving
    the achievement gap in five years
  • Without doubling costs

6
Evidence-Based Approach
  • Not just a funding model
  • Linked to what it takes to dramatically improve
    student performance

7
It Covers All Aspects of School
  • Tough challenges require top talent, so it
    provides resources to staff schools with high
    quality teachers and leaders
  • Core academics and electives
  • Extra resources for students struggling to meet
    standards
  • High quality professional development
  • Students personal and social skills
  • So all the key resources to respond to
    performance pressures from NCLB and state
    accountability systems to boost student
    achievement and end the achievement gap

8
Three Bases of Knowledge
  • How students learn complex materials How People
    Learn
  • Resource dimension of individual programs that
    work
  • Resources for the strategies schools need to
    double student performance

9
What We Do
  • We link state school finance policy with what
    works in local schools.
  • We know what works from studying schools that
    have doubled performance and reviewing existing
    research on individual programs that work.
  • We turn the results into a new state school
    funding models.

10
Study of Districts that have Aligned Resources
with School Effectiveness
  • Our studies in
  • Arkansas
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • Other studies in
  • New York, Texas, California, etc.

11
Ten Steps to Double Performance
  • Conduct needs assessment
  • Set higher goals
  • Adopt a new curriculum
  • Commit to data-based decision making
  • Invest in on-going professional development

12
Ten Steps to Double Performance
  • Focus class time more efficiently
  • Provide multiple interventions for struggling
    students
  • Create professional learning communities
  • Empower leaders to support instructional
    improvement
  • Take advantage of external expertise

13
The Challenge
  • Scale up these strategies in all districts
  • and
  • Develop an adequate funding formula that
    provides all schools with the resources they need
    to deploy strategies to double performance and
    close the gap

14
Our Process
  • We work with the broad spectrum of education
    officials
  • We develop state specific evidence-based models
  • We help states design funding formulas that offer
    equity and adequacy but which are focused on
    improving student performance

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What Does the Evidence-Based Model Cost?
  • Compared to current expenditures
  • Model costs are 2-9 percent above national
    average the same for Wisconsin
  • Full funding of NCLB and IDEA would enable full
    model funding on average nationally
  • Exceeds current costs in low spending states
  • Less than current costs in high spending states

23
Major Implementation Issues
  • Would schools use such resources for the most
    effective strategies? NO
  • Thus what restrictions should be placed on the
    use of funds, and trade off block grant v.
    categorical program?
  • What other implementation and leadership
    strategies are needed?

24
Resources
  • Odden, A.R. and Picus, L.O. (2008). School
    Finance A Policy Perspective, 4th edition. New
    York, NY McGraw-Hill. Available April 2007.
  • How People Learn (Bransford, Brown and Cocking)
  • How Students Learn (Donovan Bransford)
  • Mathematics in the Classroom
  • Science in the Classroom
  • History in the Classroom
  • Reading
  • Forthcoming book on Doubling Student Performance
  • Allan Odden and Sarah Archibald

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Allan R. Odden
  • Professor, and Co-Director, Consortium for Policy
    Research in Education, University of
    Wisconsin-Madison
  • Partner, Lawrence O. Picus and Associates
  • 608 239 4671
  • arodden_at_lpicus.com
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