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The Productivity for Results Series

Article by William McKenzie February 12, 2014 //   2 minute read

The way of the world these days is for large organizations to work more efficiently, using technologies, data and goals to produce their goods and services with the least amount of drag on their operations. Management reforms are changing everything from the shop floor to the front office.

School districts have been subjected to some of these changes. Still, as large organisms, they struggle to operate with the greatest efficiencies. Putting it plainly, they often don’t get enough bang for the bucks that taxpayers invest in them. This certainly is a problem for taxpayers, but also for districts. They cannot afford inefficienciesot – not with resources for education shrinking while requirements for students are expanding.

To help improve school productivity, the George W. Bush Institute commissioned a series of scholarly papers to examine ways in which school districts and campuses can change their practices: The Productivity for Results Series. These papers focus on improving the accountability of schools. Much of the Bush Institute’s emphasis is on academic outputs, but it also includes new and better ways to operate every aspect of a school’s operations, from lunchrooms to classrooms to school buses. 

Learn More about The Productivity for Results Series papers:

Governing Schools for Productivity by Paul T. Hill

A Legal Lever for Enhancing Productivity by Sandy Kress, Elizabeth Ettema, Krishanu Sengupta

Key Performance Indicators: From Promise to Payoff by Michael Casserly and Michael Eugene

Reforming Educator Compensation by Michael J. Podgursky