Public school critics often point to rising expenditures and relatively flat test scores to justify their school reform agendas. The claims are flawed because their analyses fail to account for the difference in data types between dollars (ratio) and test scores (interval). A cost-benefit analysis using dollars as a common metric for both costs and benefits can provide a good estimate of their relationship. It also acknowledges that costs and benefits are both subject to inflation. The National Center for Education Research administers a methods training program for researchers who want to know more about cost-benefit analyses on education policies and programs. Accessed 3,753 times on https://pareonline.net from July 03, 2015 to December 31, 2019. For downloads from January 1, 2020 forward, please click on the PlumX Metrics link to the right.
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"Cost-Benefit Analysis Is Needed in American Public Education,"
Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation: Vol. 20
, Article 15.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umass.edu/pare/vol20/iss1/15