The Importance of School-Level Spending Data

The Importance of School-Level Spending Data

August 26, 2019

“Thousands of administrators across the country have spent countless hours this summer attempting to rejigger their school finance software to determine how much money they spend on each individual school—a new reporting requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act,” writes Daarel Burnette II in Education Week. “Will it be worth all the headaches?” According to a new report—which is “based on a pilot project in 2014 by the National Center for Education Statistics”—the answer is a solid yes: “collecting school-level data is, in fact, feasible, and that, if done right, could be a useful tool to develop policy.”