2004 Policy Impact


Picus Odden and Associates conducted an Evidence-Based school funding study for Arizona, which was released in January, 2005.  This study proposed a funding level for Arizona that was below the national average for per pupil spending at the time but still robust enough for schools to make substantial improvements in student performance.  The study relied on extensive collaboration with a policy Steering Committee of leading state political, educational and business leaders, as well as a two-day professional judgment panel meeting to refine the proposed model.  As with our earlier work, the hallmark of this study was our firm’s commitment to working closely with the client to ensure that the unique needs of Arizona were considered as we applied our knowledge of current educational research to defining educational resource allocation needs.

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