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Prince George's County Public Schools

District Partner 2010-present

In the spring of 2010, ERS launched a partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), an urban district just outside of Washington DC that serves over 127,000 students in almost 200 schools. In the fall of 2010, ERS worked with the district to create a resource map that helped district leaders examine how they were  using resources and where they might rethink practices and policies to reallocate in a way that better supports student learning. We also assisted the district in laying the groundwork for a move to Weighted Student Funding. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this partnership ran until September 2011.

We continue to work with PGCPS to evaluate how Weighted Student Funding has impacted schools and how resources are used. We refreshed the resource map and surveyed principals to help the district leadership team evaluate the impact of Weighted Student Funding and develop the next generation of its funding formula.


"Our partner districts show us what's really happening on the ground--the data reveal where resources are going and our relationships with district leadership teams refines our best thinking about solutions."
-Karen Hawley Miles
Executive Director, ERS

District Facts

Staff:
17,000 FTE’s
Students:
127,000

Work Focus

2012-2013: A refresh of the resource map will explore questions such as:

  • How has the use of people, time, and money changed with the introduction of Weighted Student Funding?
  • How does the use of people, time and money align with the district’s strategic priorities?

2010- 2011: The resource map will explore questions such as:

  • How are PGCPS currently using their people, time, and money, and does it align with the district’s vision for students?
  • How do PGCPS’ strategies compare to other urban districts?
  • What opportunities does PGCPS have to reallocate resources to more effectively improve student achievement?

Results:

  • 2012-2013: As a result of ERS’ work, PGC has a deeper understanding of the shifts in equity and resource used triggered by the move to Weighted Student Funding.
  • 2010-2011: As a result of ERS’ work, PGC had a deeper understanding of how it allocates resources, particularly in the area of its funding system and  school level resource use.

 

 

Findings and Outcomes

  • 2012-2013: As a result of ERS’ work, PGC has a deeper understanding of the shifts in equity and resource used triggered by the move to Weighted Student Funding.
  • 2010-2011: As a result of ERS’ work, PGC had a deeper understanding of how it allocates resources, particularly in the area of its funding system and  school level resource use.

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