ERIC Number: ED228292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Methodological Assessment of Education Equality and Wealth Neutrality Measures. Paper No. 17. A Report to the School Finance Cooperative.
Berne, Robert; Stiefel, Leanna
The questions of whether a number of equality and wealth neutrality measures agree, within the respective groups, when used to assess one state over time or to compare a number of states at one point in time are addressed. The basic analyses in this study show that for four assessments (equality in a state over time, wealth neutrality in a state over time, equality across states, and wealth neutrality across states), there is far from perfect agreement among the various measures and between units of analysis. But these findings result from a focus on a particular dependent variable, independent variable, pupil measure, two units of analysis, and a specific set of equality and wealth neutrality measures. The level of comparability for the variable limits the conclusions to measurement methodology and not to specific states. However, the selection of a subset of measures will make comparisons over time and across states more discriminating or less ambiguous. The critical question then becomes whether there is sufficient agreement on the value judgments so that specific measures and units of analysis can be selected. (PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.; National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Graduate School of Public Administration.
Identifiers: Unit of Analysis Problems; Wealth Neutrality Measures
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