In short, the “cost” of education rises as a function of at least 3 major factors:
- Changes in the incoming student populations over time
- Changes in the desired outcomes for those students, including more rigorous core content area goals or increased breadth of outcome goals
- Changes in the competitive wage of the desired quality of school personnel
And the interaction of all three of these! For example, changing student populations making teaching more difficult (a working condition), meaning that a higher wage might be required to simply offset this change. Increasing the complexity of outcome goals might require a more skilled teaching workforce, requiring higher wages.
So how well have we been addressing the increased costs associated with both our increasingly needy student populations, and our desire for higher outcome standards?
Not so well I guess!