ERIC Number: ED389501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
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A Comparison of Four Enrollment Groups of K-8 and K-12 Missouri Rural School Districts.
Alspaugh, John W.
This paper compares school district characteristics for rural Missouri K-8 and K-12 districts in four categories of enrollment size. A random sample of 56 K-8 and 56 K-12 districts yielded 4 equal categories of K-8 enrollment: 51-100, 101-150, 151-200, and more than 200 students. Data are presented in graphic form for assessed valuation per pupil; operating tax levy; expenditure per pupil; administrative cost per pupil; teacher salaries; student-teacher ratio; and achievement scores on the Missouri Mastery and Achievement Test (MMAT) for grades 3, 6, and 8. The assessed valuation per pupil--the basis for local taxation--was considerably lower than the state average in all rural districts studied. Expenditures and administrative cost per pupil were lower than the state average in all but the smallest K-12 districts. Teacher salaries were also considerably lower than average in all districts studied. Student-teacher ratio was higher than average in K-8 districts and lower than average in K-12 districts. Despite limited financial resources, all districts studied consistently achieved higher MMAT scores than state averages. The mean K-12 attendance rate was significantly higher than the K-8 rate, but both were higher than the state average. Two final graphs present data from 428 Missouri districts showing that the high school dropout rate was positively related to school size and negatively related to the high school grade span. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Rural Education Association (Salt Lake City, UT, October 1995).