This report presents the results of a 16-month effort by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to determine the cost of a sufficient education for all public school students in New Mexico.
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The following discussion summarizes the major elements of this “costing out” study. “Costing out” is a term regularly applied to this type of analysis of adequacy in education. In the course of this endeavor, AIR obtained input from professional educators and convened a three-day meeting with highly-qualified California educators to estimate the cost of an “adequate” education.
This study focuses on two primary research questions: What analytical techniques exist for estimating the cost of an adequate education for special education students? How might these techniques be applied to estimate the cost of an adequate education for special education students in California, and how do these cost estimates compare to what is currently spent on special education students?