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Report · February 2000

Equal Resources, Equal Outcomes? The Distribution of School Resources and Student Achievement in California

Julian Betts, Anne Danenberg, and Kim Rueben

This report focuses on three crucial questions about resources in California’s K-12 schools:

1. How do resources-measured in terms of class size, curriculum, and teachers’ education, credentials, and experience-vary among schools?
2. Do schools serving relatively disadvantaged populations tend to receive fewer resources?
3. Do existing inequalities in school resources contribute to unequal student outcomes?

The findings of the study have a strong bearing on education issues in California, and the authors offer a number of policy recommendations.


K–12 Education