Monthly Archives: April 2019


Five Issues around Using Academic Return on Investment (A-ROI) to Inform and Improve Decisions: Part I – Validity

You can download a pdf version of this article at https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED603587. Please note that this web version was updated later with the following reference added. Biancarosa, Gina, Anthony S. Bryk, and Emily R. Dexter. “Assessing the Value-Added Effects of Literacy Collaborative Professional Development on Student Learning.” Elementary School Journal 111, no. 1 (September 2010): 7–34. https://doi.org/10.1086/653468. INTRODUCTION Return on investment (ROI) is a concept that originated in the business world in the early twentieth century. According to the Hagley Museum and Library, the concept and the formula were first developed in 1914 by Donaldson Brown, the Assistant Treasurer of the […]


Response to Readers: How to Address the “It’s all for kids so it is all important” Mentality

From a reader I am a business official in Arizona and I really enjoyed your article in the September ASBO International School Business Affairs publication. I agree with much of the process you described in the article. I have been working for school districts for over 20 years and have always struggled with the program prioritization process. I often run into the “it’s all for kids so it is all important” mentality. Unfortunately, when you try to use quantitative data alone you also get skewed results.  I was wondering if you could share more detail about how you implement this process? Thank you in advance […]