ERIC Number: ED341136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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A Further Application of the Quadriform to the Study of Economic Efficiency in K-12 Schools in Illinois.
Genge, Fred C.
This study presents a means of identifying economically efficient school districts in Illinois and provides an analysis of select school variables: school population; salary expenditure; level of teacher preparedness; number of years of teaching experience; and select ratios incorporating pupils, administrators, teachers, test scores, and percent low income. Economically efficient schools are identified as schools attaining higher than expected test scores at lower than expected costs. Expectation is based on the school districts' socioeconomic status and property wealth. The school variables are basically ethnic. Ethnic measures include counts of teachers and faculty. Except for salaries and class size, the variables used in this study are beyond the envelope of control exercised by the various boards and superintendents. Results based on chi-square analysis are given for four types of districts: technically efficient (17.9 percent), low service (18.1 percent), high service (14.8 percent), and technically inefficient (13.1 percent). Economically efficient schools may not turn out to be professionally effective schools. Other study limitations and further research directions are discussed. Suggested readings include books, monographs, legal citations, unpublished materials, and government publications. Several tables of variables and quadrants used in the study are presented. (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois