Written by Beth O'Donnell, Asst. Superintendent for Instruction Monday, 16 April 2012 19:27
Wakulla County School District ranks third in the state on Basic Return on Investment (ROI) indicators according to the latest information published in the Center for American Progress Return on Investment Report.
This report is a study of the efficiency of the nation’s public education system, attempting to evaluate almost every major school district in the country. The study looks at student achievement scores in conjunction with the amount spent per student, among other indicators.
“To remain an Academically High Performing District as designated by the Florida Department of Education while still keeping a watchful eye on the taxpayers’ dollars is always a challenge,” states Superintendent David Miller. “We want the best education possible for our children without putting an undue financial burden on the citizens of Wakulla County in these tough economic times. To be ranked third in the state on Basic ROI indicators is one sign that we are succeeding.”
Basic Return on Investment indicators of student achievement in conjunction with per pupil spending put Wakulla with over 5,000 students behind only Brevard County with over 74,000 students and Seminole County with over 65,000 students. All of the other high ranking Basic ROI districts were much larger than Wakulla as well.
The Center for American Progress does state in a disclaimer that the connection between spending and educational achievement is complex, and that the data cannot capture everything that goes into creating an effective school system.
Because there is no uniform national achievement test taken by all students, states cannot be compared with each other. The student achievement indicators are different for each state.
However, Superintendent Miller notes, “Wakulla County School District was fourth in the state and 56th in the world to earn district-wide, five year accreditation in 2007 and earned it again in 2011. The accreditation team was composed of educators from outside the U.S. and Florida, as well as some from Florida. The excellent final accreditation report was yet another indication that our school district strives to provide our students with a world class education.”
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