Wednesday, June 7, 2017

DeVos says school spending and student outcomes aren’t related, but recent research suggests otherwise | Chalkbeat

DeVos says school spending and student outcomes aren’t related, but recent research suggests otherwise | Chalkbeat:

DeVos says school spending and student outcomes aren’t related, but recent research suggests otherwise

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 More money is not the answer for schools, suggested U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in Senate testimony Tuesday — but a wave of new studies show that additional money for schools can make a big difference for students.

In an exchange with Louisiana Senator John Kennedy, DeVos reiterated her view on the topic. Kennedy began by saying, “Do you find it at all strange that in America now, we seem to judge success in education by how much money we’re spending as opposed to whether our kids are learning?”
DeVos replied, “I do find that strange. In fact, in the last administration there was $7 billion invested specifically into schools that were failing … to improve them and there was absolutely zero outcome from that investment.”
“The notion that spending more money is going to bring about different results is ill-placed and ill-advised,” she said.


DeVos was relying on evidence from one specific program, but the broader research on money in education generally paints a more positive picture.
“There’s this notion out there that increased spending doesn’t help,” said Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach who has studied school spending and is the director the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. “There’s good evidence that indeed increased spending does help — it increases student test scores and it improves later life outcomes.”
A few major national studies have reached that conclusion.
One analysis, published in the peer-reviewed Quarterly Journal of Economics, found that court-ordered increases in school spending caused students to attend college at higher rates and earn more money as adults. Another study, coauthored by Schanzenbach, showed that when states increased spending they saw substantial increases in scores on the federal NAEP exam.
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