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Research

ELC collects educational indicator data at the school, district and state level, and it is a crucial component of our work. This longitudinal data allows us to provide thorough and timely analysis of education policy issues. It is also a key element in state-level school funding litigation, where a detailed research record of state funding cuts, deficits in essential education resources, and unacceptable student outcomes is essential. ELC is also committed to making information publicly accessible using web-based interactive data analysis software.

New Jersey Data

ELC maintains an extensive database of education indicators for the state of New Jersey. Spanning twenty years, the database incorporates statistics on an extensive list of education topics, including school funding, student demographics, student performance, the teaching workforce, and community context. Click on the links below for access to interactive longitudinal data.

Demographics: racial/ethnic composition, free/reduced lunch eligibility, limited English proficiency rates, and special education classification rates.

School Funding Data: state and district summaries of funding relative to the NJ’s school finance formula; need-adjusted, per pupil funding comparisons by district.

Secondary Data: graduation rates and pathway data.

Preschool Data: enrollment data for former Abbott and non-Abbott districts. 

ELC has used the database to produce numerous reports and policy briefs which are available on the Publications page.

National Report Card

ELC has pioneered new research on state school funding systems. Our annual report, “Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card,” compares all 50 states and the District of Columbia on a set of “funding fairness” indicators: funding level, funding distribution relative to student poverty, state fiscal effort, and school-aged population coverage. The data is intended to facilitate more sophisticated and nuanced discussions and debate among lawmakers, educators, parents and advocates on improving state investment in the public schools. The Report Card, along with the 20-year data panel used to produce it, are available at SchoolFundingFairness.org.

 

 

Resource Equity in the States

ELC seeks to elevate the urgent need for school funding fairness as a state and national imperative for improving student outcomes and school performance. Crucial to achieving that goal is reframing the school funding debate from a focus on dollars to essential education resources and improved outcomes, while illuminating the capacity and need for states to increase investment in public schools and improve their finance systems. 

To achieve our goal, ELC is developing more in-depth, state specific data and analyses often missing in debates over education finance and school funding reformThese reports will investigate the fairness of current school funding systems and the allocation of resources, especially as it relates to students in poverty.  

This project is funded by the W.K.Kellogg Foundation. 

Focus States: 

Georgia 

Arizona (Coming soon)