State performance funding falling short in student retention and degree completion

State higher education performance funding is falling short of its intended goals of raising student retention and degree completion rates at community colleges, according to new research published today in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association. The results of the study, which focused on Washington State’s Student Achievement Initiative (SAI)—widely recognized as a model for performance accounting systems in the United States—are in line with recent results in Tennessee and Pennsylvania indicating that performance funding has not improved retention and graduation rates. —> Read More Here


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