ERIC Number: ED229858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Education Costs across Local School Districts in the State of Missouri, 1975-76. Working Papers in Education Finance, Paper No. 7.
Chambers, Jay G.
This report presents both a methodology for educational cost index computation and empirical evidence for determining the extent to which Missouri school district expenditures are beyond the control of local decision-makers. The author demonstrates considerable stability in the teachers' salary index from 1974-75 to 1975-76. The report extends previous index computations to cover variables reflecting the underlying causes of regional cost differentials, including administrators' as well as teachers' salaries and district transportation costs. Section 1 summarizes the document. Sections 2-4 provide a review of the study's methodology, an explanation of salary and cost index computation, and a discussion of the data used. The fifth section's analysis of Missouri's educational expenditures includes alternative specifications for determining teacher/administrator salaries and transportation costs, an alternative computation of regional and district cost indexes, and a brief discussion of educational cost index implementation. The report contains nine tables with data on salary and cost variables. Five appendixes include the results of two separate school personnel and school district surveys, a map of Missouri school districts, an updated estimate of the 1974-75 teachers' salary equation, a salary index computation formula, and 20 pages of data with 1975-76 cost indexes for the roughly 1,100 Missouri districts that offer transportation services. (JBM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Missouri State Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Education Finance Center.
Identifiers: Cost of Education Indexes; Missouri
Note: Prepared for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.