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Adequacy Cost Studies: Perspectives on the State of the Art

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  • Michael A. Rebell

    () (Executive Director, Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University)

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In recent years, state legislatures, state education departments, and advocacy groups in more than thirty states have sponsored education adequacy studies, which aim to determine objectively the amount of funding needed to provide all students with a meaningful opportunity for an adequate education. Based on a detailed analysis of judicial and other critiques of the state of the art of “costing-out” studies, this policy brief recommends specific mechanisms for defining the outcome standards for these studies, more precise means for identifying the extent to which students with special needs require extra resources, ways to minimize political bias and manipulations, and the use of “quality education models” to integrate efficiency and accountability considerations into the basic cost analysis. More extensive public engagement and continuing judicial oversight will be necessary to ensure the credibility and legitimacy of the ultimate judgments that result from these studies. © 2006 American Education Finance Association

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  • Michael A. Rebell, 2006. "Adequacy Cost Studies: Perspectives on the State of the Art," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 1(4), pages 465-483, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:1:y:2006:i:4:p:465-483
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    1. Villani, Salvatore, 2010. "Per un giusto equilibrio tra efficacia ed efficienza nell’attuazione della legge delega sul federalismo fiscale: verso la definizione dei LEP e dei costi standard delle Regioni," MPRA Paper 29513, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Villani, Salvatore, 2010. "Elementi ai fini della definizione della nozione di costo standard: una rassegna della letteratura e delle principali esperienze estere
      [Basic elements defining the standard cost concept. A survey
      ," MPRA Paper 29683, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    educational equity; education adequacy; education spending;

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    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid

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