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ERIC Number: ED170863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 68
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Relationship Between School District Size and Measures of Program Adequacy (Service Capability).
Honetschlager, Dean; And Others
The purpose of this study was to assess school district service capability (full-time equivalent staff per thousand students) as a criterion of program adequacy and to explore the relationship between school district service capability and district enrollment size. Data were collected by obtaining teacher assignment and enrollment for 1977-78 from the Minnesota Department of Education. Service capability scores for each district, development region, and state were obtained by using the Hendrix-Sederberg Service Capability computer program. Analysis shows a strong negative relationship between school district enrollment size and service capability for the aggregate instruction service areas and a consistently positive but weak relationship in special education service areas. Of the 432 school districts, 260 fell below the state mean and only 170 fell above. There were significant differences in service capability between small districts and larger districts. When the recommendations for measuring program adequacy from the Committee of 21 were applied to Minnesota school districts, only a few did not meet the standards. The study demonstrated that the service capability statistic is a useful standard of adequacy for educational programs. The study is part of the research necessary to establish a new system for measuring equity and allocating resources. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Minnesota; Student Staff Ratio
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)