Bill Schmidt is university distinguished professor at Michigan State University (MSU), co-director of its Education Policy Center, co-director of its US-China Center for Research, co-director of the NSF PROM/SE project, and the director or former director of the centers overseeing U.S. participation in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and its follow-on studies. A past chairman of the Department of Educational Psychology and former acting dean for planning and evaluation in MSU’s College of Education, he was also head of the Office of Policy Studies and Program Assessment for the National Science Foundation. The author and co-author of numerous articles, chapters, papers and books, including Why Schools Matter, Dr. Schmidt’s current writing and research focuses on issues of academic content in K-12 schooling, assessment theory, and the effects of curriculum on academic achievement. He also studies educational policy related to mathematics and science, and testing in general.
Using data from the School Finance Indicators Database, this report presents an analysis of teacher/non-teacher wage gaps and their relationship with state school spending and fiscal effort.