A Study of the Impact of Michigan’s K-12 Educational Funding on Student Achievement Gaps
05/01/2014 - 05/27/2015
Twenty years ago, Michigan’s Proposal A tried to solve an (inter-district) financial equity issue. Arguably, Proposal A worked - it reduced fiscal disparities among districts. However, another equity issue needs to be addressed in the state: wide achievement gaps among students. This project developed recommendations as to how states’ funding mechanisms could be used to ameliorate achievement gaps. The project collected state-by-state funding regulations and data that was organized into a publicly available data set. It buttressed those data with a thorough review of educational financing literature and an informal survey of finance experts. Using the data and information that were collected, project staff members conducted a multivariate analysis of how state funding influences student achievement.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
EDUCATION; K-12 Education