Return on Educational Investment

A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity

This report is the culmination of a year-long effort to study the efficiency of the nation’s public education system and includes the first-ever attempt to evaluate the productivity of almost every major school district in the country. In the business world, the notion of productivity describes the benefit received in exchange for effort or money expended. Our project examines the academic achievement a school district produces relative to its educational spending, while controlling for factors outside a district’s control, such as cost of living and students in poverty.

Our aim for this project is to kick start a national conversation about educational productivity and encourage states and districts to embrace approaches that make it easier to improve achievement and sustain educational efficiencies. Join us for a conversation about this groundbreaking report. We will talk with the researchers who created the report as well as with other experts in the area of school productivity.

Opening address:
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress

Presentation of study, methodology, and interactive website:
Ulrich Boser, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Panel discussion:
Jacob Adams, Professor of Education, Claremont Graduate University
Eugene Chasin, Senior Vice President, Say Yes to Education
Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education

Moderated by:
Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress

For a full transcript click here.


Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

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Coffee will be served at 10:00 a.m.