This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Tuesday, May 21 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Working with School-Site Expenditure Data: What We Need to Know to Assess Equity and Efficiency Breakout Session
Limited Capacity seats available

ESSA is requiring districts to report school-level actual expenditures for the first time. What will journalists, public advocates, and researchers do with these numbers? What are the promises and perils of this new data set and what do careful analysts need to know?
Each state education agency is providing separate, often vague guidance on reporting actual expenditures to schools. Districts have considerable flexibility on how they define site-based expenditures. We will discuss how different, common accounting practices can lead to dramatically different administrative data on dollars spent per student at schools sites. This can result in biased comparisons for intra- and inter-district school expenditures. We will also discuss methods to reduce the impact of district policy and practice to improve the quality of comparisons.
Even with consistent, unbiased data it’s important to make valid, relevant comparisons. We will discuss how researchers model school-site expenditures to better understand factors that have been shown to contribute to school costs. This session will empower the SDP community to work with school-site expenditure data. Our community is generally addresses efficacy and looks at differential outcomes to understand equity.
This session will work on addressing resource equity and efficiency, two questions of critical interest to leaders and policy-makers.

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Jason Becker

Chief Product Officer, Allovue
Jason Becker is the Chief Product Officer at Allovue. His work includes changing how resources are managed by schools and districts and meeting the needs of school business officials, administrators, and the public through Allovue's software products. Jason is interested in understanding... Read More →
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Justin Dayhoff

Senior Account Advisor, Allovue
Justin Dayhoff is an education and data consultant and the Chief Executive Officer of Dayhoff Consulting Services, LLC. Justin has more than ten years of experience and training in and around public schools (including as a teacher and data coach) that make him an especially valuable... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am EDT
Rogers, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)