Finances and School District Performance

A great many factors influence the performance of schools within a school district. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides information about financial resources as well as school population demographics in order to facilitate the comparisons of peer districts in the United States. In supporting comparisons across peer districts, NCES uses five variables: district type, locale, total enrollment, student/teacher ratio, and the percentage of children in poverty. School district characteristics like these can be used in understanding similarities and differences in student performance in math and reading. This table compares Tucson Unified School District’s performance with nine peer districts. Of course, with only 10 districts being compared, it is difficult to determine which, if any of these characteristics actually determine the relative performance of TUSD.

Tucson Regional Indicators Project (TRIP)