Senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow’s comments were cited in a new Wallet Hub study about the U.S. Cities with the Most and Least Efficient Spending on Education. In response to the question “What factors influence a city’s ROI on education spending?” DeGrow stated:
A fundamental factor would be a culture of high expectations for staff and students that focuses on results rather than compliance. Policies that break down barriers and attract and reward more high-quality teachers into classrooms – especially in schools with more high-need student populations – are also very helpful.
Finally, districts are more inclined to get a better return on investment where they listen to parents and respect their choices as customers, and engage them as full partners in the teaching and learning process. In this report by the Center for American Progress, on school district ROI / productivity, 2 of the top 3 finishers in Colorado, Douglas County and Falcon 49, are noted for shifting significantly more decision power to the school level and away from the central office.
In terms of education spending efficiency, the study rated Colorado Springs 59th, Denver 68th, and Aurora 74th.