2 DOE supports equitable educational opportunity for all students Weighted Student Formula (WSF) is a way to allocate funds to schools based on student educational needs…. WSF does not address adequate funding
3 Underlying Assumptions for Equity: 1.Schools with similar students should get a similar amount of funds. 2.Schools with students who have a harder time becoming proficient should get more funds to support their efforts.
In other words…. Education is the great equalizer… it supports social justice! It takes more resources to teach a child in a poor area than it takes to teach a child in an affluent area.
5 Percent of Students with Special Needs 2006 Totals may not be exactly 100% due to rounding Over 50% of our students require more resources!
6 SY Data Indicates: Schools with higher % of economically disadvantaged students have lower % of proficient readers Schools with higher % of ESL students have lower % of proficient readers Schools with higher % of transient students have lower % of proficient readers Also true in national data
7 Poverty is a strong predictive indicator for poor student performance
9 Other factors of inequity: Very small schools cost more per student K-2 class ratios Isolated schools (Hana, Molokai, Lanai, Kohala, Kau) Multi-track schools cost more in some operational areas
10 Tale of Two Schools: Pre-WSF FernKalihi WaenaDiff. Enrollment % “Poor”73.4%70.9%-2.5% % ESLL36.7%27.3%-9.4% $*/student$5,012$5,101+$89 Total $* $2,781,804$2,836,116+$54,312
11 Weights for SY Weighted CharacteristicWeight$ Value Economically Disadvantaged.100$ ESL.189$ K-2.150$ Geographic Isolation.005$21.44 Multi-track.005$21.44 School LevelVaries by School Level Transiency.025$ Small School Adjustmentper student under enrollment $400 Value of “1” = $4,288.40
12 Tale of Two Schools: WSF FernKalihi Waena Enrollment$2,458,056$2,464,485 % Poor$174,379$168,743 % ESLL$164,423$122,529 % Trans.$9,858$39,027 K-2$142,544$152,175 Total WSF $$2,949,260$2,946,959
13 Act 160/SLH2006, Section 47.1 $20M – Base Foundation - SY –Elementary $63,300 –Middle $84,350 –High School $126,580 –Combination $147,680 $20M – Base Foundation - SY –Not included in Executive Budget –Executive Budget includes $20 M in WSF for Equipment Replacement
14 WSF is a tool that supports equity for educational opportunities!! Continue to support Weighted Student Formula Continue the $20 Million foundation Continue the $1 Million Supt fund Support isolated and unique schools ($ X Million) Remember…we’re only in the FIRST year of Weighted Student Formula implementation!
15 Mahalo for all your support these past years!