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Of all the areas within public elementary and secondary education that are experiencing rapid change, none is experiencing more turmoil than school finance. This publication contains papers commissioned by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to address the twin concerns of what additional school-finance information NCES should collect and report, and how extant data might be analyzed to address interesting questions faced by the school-finance profession. Following the introduction and overview by William J. Fowler, Jr., the first three papers present three perspectives on what the nation's data needs are in the area of school finance. Specifically, the papers examine whether recent changes to the NCES financial collection satisfied the data needs of educational policymakers and the school-finance research community. They include: (1) Recommendations to the National Center for Education Statistics to Improve Its Role Regarding School Finance Data: The Perspective of State Policymakers (John Augenblick); (2) Issues and Data Needs in School Finance (Susan H. Fuhrman); and (3) A Call for Multiple Intrastate Studies (William W. Cooley). The remaining three papers concern emerging school-finance topics that pose statistical and measurement problems for NCES: (4) Estimating the Costs of an Educational Voucher System (Henry M. Levin and Cyrus E. Driver); (5) Intrastate Cost Adjustments (Walter W. McMahon); and (6) Costs of Measuring and Providing Opportunity to Learn: Preliminary Thoughts (Allan Odden). Most papers contain references. (LMI)

Descriptors: Access to Education, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Finance, Educational Research, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Performance, Policy Formation, School District Spending, State Aid, State Standards, Statistical Inference

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Author: Fowler, William J., Jr.


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