The United States could become more efficient at delivering education — and might see better results — if it raised class sizes by 10 percent or cut teacher salaries by 5 percent, according to a study released today by GEMS Education Solutions, a global education consulting firm.
The report, “The Efficiency Index,” analyzes education spending in 30
nations and compares those budgets to results on the global PISA exam. It
concludes that the U.S., which has historically posted poor to middling scores
on PISA, is overpaying its teachers and could boost its test scores in part by
allocating funding more efficiently.
Finland, by contrast, gets high marks as the most efficient country in the
OECD when it comes to education spending. Other countries that come in for
praise include Korea, Japan, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
The report finds that teacher salaries and pupil-teacher ratio have the most
impact on PISA scores. Other factors, including teacher training and
instructional materials, did not have a statistically significant effect on