Increasing Educational Productivity

Innovative Approaches & Best Practices

  • Improving outcomes while maintaining current costs;
  • Maintaining current outcomes while lowering costs; or
  • Both improving outcomes and lowering costs.

1. Competency-based learning or personalized learning
2. Use of technology in teaching and learning
3. New and alternative sources of student support and funding
4. Better use of community resources

5. Process improvements
6. Pay and manage for results
7. Flexibility to ease requirements and mandates

8. Organization of the teaching workforce
9. Teacher professional and career development
10. Teacher compensation 

Resources on Framing Educational Productivity 



[1] The U.S. Department of Education does not guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of this information. Further, the inclusion of the particular examples does not reflect their importance or success, not are they intended to endorse any particular approaches discussed, views expressed, or products or services offered, but we are hopeful that this information will still be helpful to you. We encourage you to consider other approaches that might address the matters discussed in this document.