Friday, November 19, 2010

Focus on results, not inputs

James S. Coleman’s Equality of Educational Opportunity, a massive study released four decades ago, has been "exhaustively analyzed and reanalyzed," Chester Finn writes.
But this key finding has never been successfully challenged: School inputs — money, teachers, teacher credentials, etc. — have little correlation with pupil achievement and differences in achievement cannot be significantly accounted for by differences in school resources.

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