ERIC Number: ED206052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Price Indexes for Teachers in Michigan: A Replication and Extension.
Stiefel, Leanna; Berne, Robert
In assessing educational equity among school districts, according to the authors, researchers should control for differences across districts in the prices of educational inputs. This paper tests a suggested index for one educational input, teacher salaries. The suggested teacher-salary index, based on a supply-and-demand model using 12 demand and 13 supply variables, has been tested earlier on a one-third sample of Michigan school districts. The authors replicate this index but test it on all the state's districts. They also test it against changes in the variables specified, in the methods used to measure teacher salaries, and in the time periods covered. The authors conclude that the suggested index is consistent and is not excessively sensitive to changes in its variables or other factors. They suggest that educational input indices based on samples can be reliable and cost effective. Three appendices contain definitions and data sources for the variables as well as statistical results of the tests and price indices for teacher salaries for all Michigan school districts. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Cost Indexes, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematical Models, Predictor Variables, Sampling, Statistical Analysis, Teacher Salaries, Validity
Not available separately, see EA 013 769.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan