ERIC Number: ED159808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Program Breadth and Staffing of New York State Schools. Research Study #2.
Wohlferd, Gerald H.
An overview of educational opportunity in New York State, this study analyzed school district figures for school years 1972-73, 1974-75, and 1975-76. Figures for 1973-74 were omitted to reduce the amount of data. Results indicate that the average district offers 118 courses to junior and senior high students. Urbanized metropolitan areas offer more courses, while sparsely populated areas offer fewer. The average district has 6 special service personnel and 12 administrative positions. Staff experience in New York State averages 11 years, and the average teacher has a bachelor's degree. Staff training and experience are not strongly related to expenditure level, size, or wealth. Regional variations in staff experience and training are minor. The district average of paraprofessionals hired is 24, but most are concentrated in the larger districts, principally New York City. Overall, the average of most items examined increased over the years studied, although size and special services did not. Perhaps the most interesting finding is that amount of money spent is secondary in importance to size of a district in determining educational opportunity, although state aid may confound this finding. A lengthy appendix lists detailed data by region. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York
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