ERIC Number: ED023151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
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Testing the Cost Yardstick in Cost-Quality Studies.
Finch, James N.
IAR-Research Bulletin, v8 n1 p1-9 Nov 1967
To discover how costs affect quality, 16 different methods of computing educational costs are developed and correlated with a cluster of "quality related" factors (QRC). Data for the correlation were obtained from 1,055 city school districts in 48 states. The QRC is composed of staffing adequacy variables, measures of teacher quality, and provisions for instructional materials. To study the effect of using various weighting factors in cost-quality studies, the 16 expenditure yardsticks were subjected to weighting which compensated for secondary ADA figures. The best predictor of educational quality was total expenditures less capital outlay and transportation; weighting secondary school pupils did not improve the predictability of the measure. The study questions the validity of the cost measures in cost-quality studies where weighting for secondary school pupils was used. (HW)
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. of Administrative Research.