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ERIC Number: ED368056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Predictions: From Public School Teacher Salaries to Student Outcomes.
Murgo, Nicholas J.; Walsh, Tammy King
A study of 28 school districts in Rhode Island was done in 1992 to examine the hypothesis that there is a positive correlation between teacher salaries and state aid. The study was originally designed to gather information about teacher salaries and the variables related to them, but was expanded to cover student outcomes and variables related to student performance. With the final data, correlations were drawn to design predictive equations for Rhode Island's educational system. The study reveals that a child's socioeconomic background affects a child's educational performance. Thus, there should be school intervention programs designed to address student's socioeconomic needs. The study fails to find a correlation between increased educational spending and student achievement. The study recommends that 60 percent of educational funding come from the state, and that teacher salaries remain competitive to attract the most qualified teachers. Public policy should focus on five areas: (1) meeting the social, economic, and emotional needs of students; (2) redesigning school organization to achieve desired student outcomes; (3) reshaping and strengthening the professional development system for teachers and administrators; (4) increasing cooperation among school districts; and (5) developing a funding strategy to consistently finance the educational system. The appendix presents the data in five spreadsheets, four tables, and five figures. (Contains 80 references.) (KDP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rhode Island