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Education Costing-Out Study

Pennsylvania's Education Costing-Out Study was requested by the General Assembly in House Bill 185 of 2005 and overseen by the State Board of Education.  House Bill 185 directed the State Board to conduct or provide for a comprehensive statewide Costing-Out Study to arrive at a determination of the basic cost per pupil to provide an education that will permit a student to meet the state's academic standards.  The final report of the Costing-Out Study addresses what it will cost for each school district in the state to achieve the academic performance that is expected of them.  The report was produced by Augenblick, Palaich and Associates.

Costing-Out Study Final Report Documents

Costing-Out Study Final Report (Revised 12-5-07) (PDF)
Appendix E -Geographic Cost of Living Index (12-5-07) (Excel)
Appendix F - School District Costing-Out Estimates (12-5-07) (Excel)  

Costing-Out Study Materials

Costing-Out Study Report Summary (12-10-07) (PDF)
Costing-Out Study Power Point Presentation
(11-14-07) (PPT)
Costing-Out Study Database
Spreadsheet used by APA to determine the cost amounts for each school district

Study Implementation Process

APA's Interim Report to the State Board (May 8, 2007) (PDF)
July 19, 2007 Progress Report
May 7, 2007 Progress Report
March 22, 2007 Progress Report
About the Costing-Out Study
Summary of Pennsylvania Performance Standards
Document used by the Professional Judgment Panels and the Expert Panel as the basis to design a hypothetical school or school district that will permit its students to meet the state standards.

House Bill 185: Legislation Providing for the Costing-Out Study