ERIC Number: ED237294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-17
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A Research Report of Small/Rural School Districts in Kansas Compared to School Districts of Similiar Size Nationwide.
Barker, Bruce O.; Muse, Ivan D.
Comparisons between 35 small/rural K-12 Kansas school districts (900 students or fewer) and 642 similar districts nationwide use data gathered during 1982-83. Qualifying Kansas districts (208, enrolling 95,466 students) were identified, to be compared to 4,125 qualifying districts nationwide. A questionnaire mailed to superintendents of 36 randomly-selected Kansas districts and 816 randomly-selected districts nationwide achieved respective response rates of 97.2% and 78.7%. A 3-page table compares data from the Kansas and national surveys in sections on the district, superintendent, teachers, student performance, and school programs. For example, teachers are compared in terms of average numbers of elementary teachers in district (Kansas: 17.1, national: 14.4); average number of secondary teachers in district (17.4, 15.7); average teacher/student ratio (1:11.8, 1:14.5); percent teacher turnover, 1981-82 (8.9%, 8.6%); mean beginning teacher salary, 1982-83 ($11,948, $12,492); mean top teacher salary, 1982-83 ($20,472, $20,506); mean current teacher salary, 1982-83 ($16,129, $16,377): average number of "steps" to reach top of salary schedule (11.4, 14.5); and average number of different subject preparations for secondary teachers (3.6, 3.5). (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrators, Comparative Analysis, Courses, Curriculum, Declining Enrollment, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Extracurricular Activities, Profiles, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Districts, School Size, School Statistics, Small Schools, State Surveys, Student Teacher Ratio, Superintendents, Teacher Salaries, Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas