For public education, raising productivity means finding ways to maximize student outcomes with the money at hand.
Productivity is not the same thing as efficiency. Efforts to improve productivity do not call for cutting spending, increasing efficiency or finding cheaper ways to do the same things as before. Toward that end, schools may require new delivery models, access to better information systems, and so on. And because education is a profoundly human endeavor, productivity will hinge on the choices individual schools make in how to best serve their students.
Key steps to build infrastructure to support productivity improvements
Advancing System Productivity Webinar Series
Edunomics Lab, in partnership with Council of Chief State School Officers and the Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, convened a Community of Practice to support a group of leaders in all states interested in developing a state-specific framework and strategy set related to the SEA’s role in increasing productivity.
This series of five webinars is designed to help Regional Comprehensive Centers support state education agency (SEA) leaders as they explore how they can better support districts and schools to operate in a more productive way. Specifically, the sessions focus on the appropriate role for SEAs in building and using information systems, designing funding and regulatory structures, using their leverage over costs and making the case for productivity to districts and schools.
If you are interested in participating in the live presentations please contact Amanda Warco via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making the Case for Productivity
Information Systems to Promote Productivity
Financing Education for Productivity
SEA Leverage Over District Costs
How Can SEAs Make Sure District and School Leaders Pursue Productivity
This webinar reiterates lessons covered in previous webinars regarding how SEAs can lead the change to productivity, and spends time discussing in detail the appropriate role of each level of education governance.
Funding for Student's Sake: How to Stop Financing Tomorrow's Schools on Yesterday's Priorities
Today’s way of funding schools will not be sustainable tomorrow. Going forward, states will have no choice but to tackle education productivity in order to maximize student outcomes at any spending level.
On September 30, 2014, Dr. Marguerite Roza, Director of Edunomics Lab and partner in the BSCP Center, hosted an interactive webinar for state leaders on student-based allocation at the state level. In this webinar held for state education leaders, participants heard about a basic funding framework designed to promote productivity. Participants explored different funding structures, and learned how student based funding formulas are working in some states.
Building a State Information System to Support Improvements in Productivity
On February 26, 2014, Dr. Marguerite Roza held the third webinar in the BSCP Center productivity webinar series.
Traditionally SEAs focused more on developing educational standards, guiding curriculum and delivery models, and on measuring compliance with rules on federal funding. But those tasks won’t suffice if the SEA hopes to guide districts and schools to seek improvements in productivity. This 1-hour webinar explored how SEAs can build an information system designed to drive productivity – what data are needed, how to compile the data into useful resources for leaders at every level of education and how these stakeholders can use the data to drive decision making and advance productivity.
Understanding the Productivity Landscape in Your State
On July 25th, 2013, Dr. Marguerite Roza held the second productivity webinar to engage participants in Phase 2 of their efforts towards productivity by helping participants better understand their state’s data, identifying highly productive models in the state, making comparisons among schools, and understanding the labor force. The webinar also put forth a framework to guide state actions with districts toward building more productive and financially sustainable schools.
Presented by Dr. Marguerite Roza, the presentation slides describe resources in the next decade; relationship between spending and outcomes; clues in system data about how to better leverage funds toward increasing outcomes; and, reforms will not come from the labor force that is likely to shrink in the next decade.
Staring at a decade of budget gaps: How can states drive productivity gains in public education?
On May 14, 2013 Dr. Marguerite Roza, Director Edunomics Lab and Research Associate Professor at Georgetown University hosted a webinar that laid out the key cost escalators in public education and outlined a set of opportunities for productivity improvements in public education. It is an introduction to the topic of education productivity and intended to inspire future conversations at state, district and school levels about how to rethink the use of education resources.
Productivity Infrastructure Consortia
Education leaders are increasingly interested in the question of productivity, namely, maximizing student outcomes for a given expenditure level. Given this new goal, questions have arisen about what kinds of changes can help promote productivity and, specifically, what role SEAs can play. We are working to build a community of practice that will allow SEAs to share what they’ve learned, strategies, and questions with each other, supported by resources, materials, and expert analyses. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Laura Anderson at email@example.com.
The BSCP Center is funded by a cooperative agreement (#S283B120042) between the U.S. Department of Education and Edvance Research, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Westat. The findings and opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the policies of the U.S. Department of Education.