ERIC Number: ED071181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
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Variables Related to Student Performance and Resource Allocation Decisions at the School District Level. A Survey of Research with Emphasis on the Policy Implications of the Findings.
New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of School Programs Evaluation.
This review was undertaken to organize and present the findings of educational production function research by educators and economists. A summary of these findings could be a valuable aid in the educational decision making process, especially to administrators working in local school districts. Research of this type concentrates on determining empirically the nature of the educational process and the efficiency with which the output of schools, however defined, is produced. The resulting information can suggest strategies for improving education by manipulating policy-controllable variables that have been empirically demonstrated to be related to some desired educational product. Questions of efficient resource allocation involve identifying which variables have the greatest impact on the level of educational product per dollar of expenditure and channeling resources into them. The review shows how major studies have dealt with questions of model specification and parameter estimation for an educational production function. It also describes the production theory and the findings of the studies as to what variables enter the educational production function and examines what is known about the impact of each variable on the production of educational output. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of School Programs Evaluation.