The Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA) is tasked with supporting over 200 school boards in making a variety of challenging decisions. These include proposing budgets, negotiating contracts and setting policies that will effect students for years to come. Resource allocation and prioritization choices are always difficult, and they are made more so when there are few connections made between these inputs and institutional goals.
We conducted a high-level analysis of all schools in the State, using several measures of institutional success. We then correlated those to quantifiable institutional inputs, including:
- investment in technology,
- investment in building/grounds,
- teacher contracts,
- characteristics of teachers (e.g. HQT, experience, degrees),
- and many, many more.
We were able to provide the VSBA with a full, quantitative analysis of the aforementioned correlations. We demonstrated the relative merits of varying budget and structural priorities.