ERIC Number: ED396387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Policy-Relevant Classification System for School Districts.
Musser, Martha P.
This paper presents findings of a study that developed a classification system for 687 New York State public school districts. The system grouped similar districts and illustrated the relationship among student demographics, resources, and performance. The classification scheme was developed in three stages: (1) an examination of four unidimensional systems; (2) the derivation of a multidimensional system using cluster analysis; and (3) the development of a criterion-based multidimensional system that mimicked the system found in stage 2. The resulting school-district summary groups clearly differentiated districts on the basis of a variety of demographic, resource, and performance measures. The classification system identifies high performing schools in economically disadvantaged groupings. Students in rural schools achieve at higher levels than do students in urban and suburban environments. Data tabulated according to the scheme support numerous Board of Regents proposals, including those to distribute state aid to schools to achieve greater equity of fiscal resources; improve teacher recruitment for inner city schools; and provide staff development to allow teachers to better meet the diverse needs of students, particularly those from low income and minority families. Five tables are included. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).