(Undated) - Several local school districts are getting more bang for the buck when it comes to educating students.
The Center for American Progress has studied the productivity of U.S. school districts in the "Return of Educational Investment: A District-By-District Evaluation of Educational Productivity" report. It looks at 9,000 school districts across the country and considers how much students learn for every dollar spent.
Franklin County Community Schools was one of southeast Indiana’s highest return on investment districts with $5,500 per student leading to an achievement index of 72. It rated in the study’s second-highest category.
Batesville Community Schools spend about $6,900 per student while obtaining an achievement index of 84. Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools were comparable at $6,900 spending per student and an index of 80.
Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools showed good per-dollar value as well with a 72 state achievement index on just over $5,900 spending on each student.
Lawrenceburg Community Schools about $6,400 per student with an index of 73. South Dearborn Community Schools were comparable with $6,000 per pupil and an index of 73.
Milan Community Schools spend about $6,800 per student for an index of 73.
South Ripley and Switzerland County school districts rated on the lower end of the CAP’s study. South Ripley spends about $7,000 for an index of 65. Switzerland County Community Schools spent $7,100 per student for an index of 68.
Boone County Schools in Kentucky were given the study’s best rating with a high return on investment. Boone schools spend about $5,800 per student while obtaining a state achievement index of 70.