TXSmartSchools uses recognized statistical methods to create better, more apples-to-apples, comparison measures for spending and academic growth. Those methods are described in greater technical detail in the following reports.
Praise for TXSmartSchools
Here is what is being said about the TXSmartSchools methodology.
“I like it! The new use of propensity score matching within strata is very compelling and the list of cost factors seems right. In the end, the methodology employed here represents an appropriate application of modern, accepted methods that have been applied in a broad range of settings… Nicely done!”Amy Schwartz, Ph.D.
The Maxwell School, Syracuse University
“Like its predecessor FAST, The TXSmartSchools system is a national innovation that should be copied by other states. This analysis is looking at just the right thing—what we are getting for spending on schools.”Eric Hanushek, Ph.D.
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
“I am convinced that the peer groups will in fact be ‘fiscal peers’ and that these groups will be useful for the ongoing analysis—and that school districts and school campuses will be getting a ‘fair shake.’”Shawna Grosskopf, Ph.D.
Oregon State University
“Texas Smart Schools’ rating methodology provides a fair evaluation of districts’ financial and academic performance. The rating system allows parents to compare their child’s school to others across the state; helps citizens to understand how schools spend their tax dollars; and enables local leaders to learn from their peers in other districts.”Josh McGee, Ph.D.
Vice President of Public Accountability
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
“This instrument will be incredibly helpful in advancing academic performance of Texas students... Something that is very much needed if we are to remain competitive.”Bill Hammond
Texas Association of Business
“I believe this is one of the measures that tells the story of our district and it gives us better information to make actionable decisions.”Andrew B. Kim
“This new rating system makes it easier for taxpayers to see how we are doing and can be reassured we are making smart financial choices that are positively impacting our students.”Randy Moczygemba
New Braunfels ISD
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