2nd Edition

Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy

Edited By Helen F. Ladd, Margaret E. Goertz Copyright 2015
    692 Pages
    by Routledge

    692 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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