ERIC Number: ED347672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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School Test Scores As a Factor in Parental Choice of School: Testing an Assumption of America 2000 in Maine.
Maddaus, John; And Others
Findings from a study that examined the hypothesis that published standardized assessment scores would influence enrollment in Maine high schools are presented in this paper. The hypothesis was derived from the Bush Administration's assertion that regular educational assessment would influence parental school choice. The Maine educational system is characterized by local control, regular evaluation through the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) process, and town tuitioning. In town tuitioning, towns pay tuition for resident students to attend schools not directly managed by those towns. Methodology involved analysis of enrollment records and MEA scores of 5,650 11th-graders in 6 town tuitioning regions for the years 1985-91. Of the 60 towns in the 6 regions, 13 had enrollment changes of greater than 10 percent consistent with the hypothesis; 5 had enrollment changes of greater than 10 percent in the opposite direction; and 16 had changes of enrollment less than 10 percent. The findings offer insufficient evidence to support the policy claims made in the Bush Administration's America 2000 plan. Seven tables and seven figures are included. Appendices contain MEA scores for 1986-86 by high school and an enrollment report form. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: America 2000; Maine
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992). Some small and blurred print in appendices may not reproduce adequately in paper copy.