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ERIC Number: ED314471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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School District Resources and Test Results: An Executive Summary. New York State Education Department Project No. 292.
Spottheim, David; And Others
As part of the Educational Resource and Outcome Project, this study explored the budgetary threshold needed by poor and low-income school districts to improve scholastic outcomes and the optimal range of school district expenditures; the best composition of financial resources for improved scholastic outcomes; and economics phenomena that could mitigate the districts' operational costs. Two empirical models were constructed: (1) a descriptive model of 28 logistic equations portraying quantitative relationships between resources utilized and educational outcomes; and (2) a prescriptive model of resource allocation constructed through a goal programming technique. Over 400 finance and account items from 200 school districts in 8 counties in New York were used, with 4 case studies for diverse school districts. Results suggest that a budgetary threshold of $4,000.00 per student could produce improved scholastic outcomes. However, an increase of 67% in per student expense was estimated to increase outcomes by only 15%, making it difficult to justify a budget configuration over $6,685.00 per student measured in 1985 dollars. Ramifications for state educational policy are discussed. Table A lists the financial expenditure categories. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York