ERIC Number: ED237298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-17
Reference Count: 0
A Research Report of Small/Rural School Districts in Oklahoma Compared to School Districts of Similiar Size Nationwide.
Barker, Bruce O.; Muse, Ivan D.
The study compared nationwide research findings about the districts, superintendents, teachers, programs, and student performance in 642 public school districts with an enrollment of 900 or less to data from a random sample of school districts of similar size in Oklahoma. Data were gathered from superintendents by questionnaire during the 1982-83 school year. Forty five of Oklahoma's 601 school districts, or 64.3 of those surveyed, responded. Although Oklahoma's small school districts closely matched national averages in enrollments, few reported declining enrollments. Oklahoma districts were geographically smaller than average and the last bond issue was half the size of such issues nationally. Oklahoma small school superintendents held more masters and doctoral degrees than the national average, and were rewarded with better salaries. Over 97% held full-time superintendent positions. Teacher salaries were also above average while teaching staff size and teacher/student ratios were close to national averages. Although student performance was slightly lower than average on the National Merit Examination and the Scholastic Aptitude Test, 38.8% of graduating seniors went on to college compared to 38.6% nationally. Oklahoma districts offered fewer sports than average and their utilization of academic and resource personnel generally fell somewhat below national averages. (SB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Athletics, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum, Declining Enrollment, Educational Finance, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Profiles, Rural Schools, School Districts, School Size, Small Schools, State Surveys, Student Teacher Ratio, Superintendents, Teacher Salaries, Teachers, Transportation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related documents, see ED 228 013, ED 231 573, ED 231 583, and RC 014 470-479.