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Quality Counts 2005: No Small Change, Targeting Money Toward Student Performance


"Quality Counts 2005 provides fresh data from a national survey conducted by the Education Week Research Center of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Currently, states provide nearly half of all education funding. The ninth annual edition of the report, supported by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, compares states across a broad array of indicators, including how states pay for education, how they distribute money to school districts, and whether they track expenditures at the school level. The report also provides finance snapshots for each state.

Historically, states have focused on how to distribute money equitably across districts, with far less attention to what that money bought or the results it produced. Now that states have set ambitious performance goals for students -- and the federal No Child Left Behind Act requires all public school students to reach those targets in reading and mathematics by 2013-14 -- the push is on to link money to student performance. The tight state budgets of recent years also have put pressure on education spending, forcing many schools and districts to do more with less. In Education Week's survey, 37 states and the District of Columbia identified a lack of resources or unpredictable funding levels as the most pressing school finance issue, particularly given state revenue trends."

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