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2nd Edition

Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy

ISBN 9780415838023
Published January 20, 2015 by Routledge
692 Pages

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Sponsored by the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), the second edition of this groundbreaking handbook assembles in one place the existing research-based knowledge in education finance and policy, with particular attention to elementary and secondary education. Chapters from the first edition have been fully updated and revised to reflect current developments, new policies, and recent research. With new chapters on teacher evaluation, alternatives to traditional public schooling, and cost-benefit analysis, this volume provides a readily available current resource for anyone involved in education finance and policy.

The Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy traces the evolution of the field from its initial focus on school inputs and revenue sources used to finance these inputs, to a focus on educational outcomes and the larger policies used to achieve them. Chapters show how decision making in school finance inevitably interacts with decisions about governance, accountability, equity, privatization, and other areas of education policy. Because a full understanding of important contemporary issues requires inputs from a variety of perspectives, the Handbook draws on contributors from a number of disciplines. Although many of the chapters cover complex, state-of-the-art empirical research, the authors explain key concepts in language that non-specialists can understand. This comprehensive, balanced, and accessible resource provides a wealth of factual information, data, and wisdom to help educators improve the quality of education in the United States.

Table of Contents


Helen F. Ladd and Margaret E. Goertz



Section Editors: Margaret E. Goertz and Helen F. Ladd

1 History and Scholarship Regarding United States Education Finance and Policy

Matthew G. Springer, Eric A. Houck, and James W. Guthrie

2 The Role of Economics in Education Policy Research

Dominic J. Brewer, Guilbert C. Hentschke and Eric R. Eide

with Tenice Hardaway and Tien Le

3 The Past, Present, and Possible Futures of Educational Finance Reform Litigation

William S. Koski and Jesse Hahnel

4 The Continually Evolving Political Context of Education Finance

James W. Guthrie and Kenneth K. Wong

5 Educational Goals: A Public Perspective

Rebecca Jacobsen and Richard Rothstein

6 Quantitative Research Methods in Education Finance and Policy

Patrick J. McEwan

7 International Large-Scale Assessments: Uses and Implications

Stephen P. Heyneman and Bommi Lee



Section Editor: Jennifer King Rice

8 Toward an Understanding of Productivity in Education

Jennifer King Rice and Amy Ellen Schwartz

9 Cost-Benefit Analysis and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Clive Belfield

10 Teachers Clearly Matter, but Finding Effective Teacher Policies Has Proven Challenging

Dan Goldhaber

11 Teacher Evaluation for Accountability and Development

Morgaen L. Donaldson and John P. Papay

12 School Accountability and Student Achievement

David N. Figlio and Helen F. Ladd

13 School Competition and Student Outcomes

Brian Gill and Kevin Booker



Section Editor: Leanna Stiefel

14 Conceptions of Equity and Adequacy in School Finance

Bruce D. Baker and Preston C. Green

15 Measuring Equity and Adequacy in School Finance

Thomas A. Downes and Leanna Stiefel

16 Measurement of Cost Differentials

William D. Duncombe, Phuong Nguyen-Hoang and John Yinger

17 Intergovernmental Aid Formulas and Case Studies

Lawrence O. Picus, Margaret E. Goertz and Allan Odden

18 Education Equity in an International Context

Edward B. Fiske and Helen F. Ladd



Section Editor: Andrew Reschovsky

19 The Changing Federal Role in Education Finance and Governance

Nora E. Gordon

20 The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Financing Public Schools

Janet S. Hansen, Michelle Hall, Dominic Brewer and Jane Hannaway

21 Equity, Adequacy and the Evolving State Role in Education Finance

Sean P. Corcoran and William N. Evans

22 Local Funding of Schools: The Property Tax and Its Alternatives

Therese J. McGuire, Leslie E. Papke and Andrew Reschovsky

23 Tax and Expenditure Limits, School Finance and School Quality

Thomas A. Downes and David N. Figlio



Section Editors: Henry M. Levin and Ron Zimmer

24 Issues in Educational Privatization

Henry M. Levin

25 Charter Schools

Robert Bifulco and Katrina Bulkley

26 Beyond the Rhetoric: Surveying the Evidence on Vouchers and Tax Credits

Ron Zimmer and Eric P. Bettinger

27 Emerging Alternatives to Neighborhood-based Public Schooling

Joshua M. Cowan and Eugenia F. Toma



Section Editor: Susanna Loeb

28 Patterns and Trends in Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Academic

Achievement Gaps

Sean F. Reardon, Joseph P. Robinson-Cimpian and Ericka S. Weathers

29 Early Childhood and the Achievement Gap

Daphna Bassok and Susanna Loeb

30 Increasing the Effectiveness of Teachers in Low-Performing Schools

Melinda Adnot and James Wyckoff

31 Effects of Educational Policies on Disadvantaged Students: From Desegregation

to Accountability

Douglas N. Harris



Section Editor: David H. Monk

32 Special Education

Tom Parrish, Jenifer J. Harr-Robins, and Jay G. Chambers

33 Resource Needs for Educating Linguistic Minority Students

Russell W. Rumberger and Patricia Gándara

34 Challenges and Strategies Associated with Rural School Settings

John W. Sipple and Brian O. Brent

35 The Organizational and Fiscal Implications of Transient Student Populations

Kieran M. Killeen and Kai A. Schafft

36 Bridging the High School-College Divide

Thomas R. Bailey and Melinda Mechur Karp

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Helen F. Ladd is the Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Economics at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Margaret E. Goertz is Senior Researcher at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and Professor Emerita of Education Policy in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.


"The Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy, Second Edition is an excellent update. Suitable for both insiders and lay audiences, it locates current issues, such as the heavy reliance on test-based accountability as a policy tool, and emerging issues, such as the growing policy role of large foundations, in historical context. Readers come to understand how an enduring concern with funding education for all gave seed to a range of substantive policy, governance, and instructional approaches which today are at the heart of educational debates." —Susan Fuhrman, President, Teachers College, Columbia University

"While concerns about equity and adequacy of education finance are longstanding, this edition is particularly relevant and timely. With increasing demand for public services at a time when the growth of public revenues is slowing, the Handbook is an important resource for efforts to maximize return on investment." —Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

"This is more than a handbook; it is a comprehensive compendium of education policy from a historical, data-based, and application perspective by leading scholars. It is written in an easy-to-understand style for varied audiences including policymakers, practitioners, and scholars." Michael W. Kirst, Professor Emeritus, Stanford, and President, California State Board of Education

"A critically important and essential addition to academic library reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists." —Midwest Book Review