Would weighted-student funding enhance intra-district equity in Texas? A simulation using DEA Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • © 2016 The Operational Research Society. We use data envelopment analysis to model the educational production function, and then explore how a shift to weighted student funding using the student weights embedded in the Texas School Finance Formula would alter the allocation of inputs and potential outputs. School outputs are measured as value-added reading and math scores on standard achievement tests. We find that if school districts allocated their resources efficiently, then they would not allocate their resources to campuses according to the funding model weights. Policies that promote greater efficiency would also enhance equity in educational outcomes.

author list (cited authors)

  • Grosskopf, S., Hayes, K., Taylor, L., & Weber, W. L.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • March 2017