. . . to the state, that is, “but there is a fiscal impact to school districts by increasing expenditures an estimated $6.0 to $7.0 million.”
“[T]he total estimated cost for SBAC [for the 2016-2017 school year] is between $8.3 million and $9.3 million.” [Note that the DE provided just the low estimate number to the Legislature earlier this year.] Note that these cost estimates do not include the costs of science assessments, which are required by law but not included in the SBAC assessments, or the costs to districts for building and maintaining the technology infrastructure required to administer the SBAC assessments. These costs to districts are still unknown. The DE estimates districts may save some money by choosing to use SBAC interim and formative assessments in place of other district-selected assessments
But wait, there’s more. The intensive summer literacy program, which is part of the third grade retention law, also has no fiscal impact to the state, but, again, there is a fiscal impact for districts. The DE is estimating a first year cost to districts between $6.6 million and $9.9 million.
Before too long, all these millions are going to add up to real money for school districts. Question: will the benefits (if any) for students outweigh the costs?
ADDED: A few relevant links to The Gazette:
- Branstad opens fiscal 2017 Iowa budget hearings: Refuses to commit to 2.45 percent education funding boost, but still wants some growth
- Branstad cited for leadership in bringing broadband to classroom: Iowa still not as advanced on this front as other states