It’s nice to know Wake County Public Schools received some good news last week. The progressive think tank The Center for American Progress (CAP) published a study which attempted to measure “educational productivity” in more than 9,000 school districts around the country. It’s a complicated methodology with plenty of caveats. Still the findings provide a rough indicator of how much a district recieves for what it spends, a sort of return on investment or a measure of school district efficiency, if you will.
According to CAP analysis, 16 Local Education Agencies (LEA) in North Carolina received “High ROI” (Return on Investment) designations. The list includes Wake County Public Schools and Burke County schools. Interestingly, AdvancED, the accrediting agency which next month will begin a review of WCPSS, has announced it is pulling its accreditation from Burke County Schools effective June 30th. The analysis also lists 13 LEAs in North Carolina with “Low ROI” designations. The findings mirror general patterns found in our study: How Much Does it Cost to Educate a High School Graduate? For additional information on the study and findings click here and here. To access to the interactive map click here.