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ERIC Number: ED237299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-17
Reference Count: 0
A Research Report of Small/Rural School Districts in Oregon Compared to School Districts of Similar Size Nationwide.
Barker, Bruce O.; Muse, Ivan D.
The study compared nationwide research findings about the districts, supervisors, 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 Oregon. Data were gathered from superintendents by questionnaire during the 1982-83 school year. Thirteen of Oregon's 304 school districts, or 100% of those surveyed, responded. Although Oregon's small school districts had lower enrollments, they were larger geographically than such districts nationally. Almost twice as many Oregon districts received state aid as did districts nationally, and the last bond issue averaged over $1,000,000 compared to $716,000 nationally. Superintendents were nearly 20 years younger than superintendents nationally. They had more master's but fewer doctoral or education specialist degrees. Almost 70% combined superintendent and principal duties, a fact reflected in lower salaries. Teacher salaries, however, were slightly higher than average as were teacher/ student ratios. Teacher turnover was less than average. Oregon's graduating seniors' performance was not up to the national par. Compared to the average, .8% more continued in technical school and 6% fewer went on to college. Although Oregon's small schools had consistently fewer resource personnel, the curriculum offerings compared well. (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.