School Finance Reform and the Distribution of Student Achievement

Project: Research project

Project Details


School finance reform has been central to the effort to expand educational opportunity. Beginning in the late 1970s, and often under court order, states began moving away from school systems that were almost entirely locally funded toward more centralized finance systems that effectively transferred funds from wealthy to poor school districts. The proposed project will study the recent wave of school finance reforms, which were often motivated by concerns about adequate levels of funding. We will estimate the effects of these reforms on educational spending overall as well as how the relationship between local resources and education spending changes in response to finance reform. Then we will estimate the effect of school finance reform on the relative and absolute achievement of poor and minority children, using representative samples from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) data.
Effective start/end date4/1/143/31/17


  • Spencer Foundation (Letter 3/7/14)


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