ERIC Number: ED369143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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Educational Funding and Student Achievement: You Be the Judge.
Lockwood, Robert E.; McLean, James E.
For years people have assumed there is an unquestionable connection between school funding and student achievement. A study of Alabama students in grades 4 and 8 attempted to unearth the truth about the widely held assumption that the more money spent on a school the higher the student achievement will be. The study only examined funds that are spent directly on students, not on teacher salaries. The measurement of student achievement was done through the Stanford Achievement Test. School system averages were taken from 128 schools. Results of the study show a relationship between school funding and student achievement, but the relationship is not a simple linear one, but rather an ogive-shaped curve. Thus, as the ogive-shaped curve illustrates, until funding is increased to a high level, the increases will have relatively little impact on student achievement. Additionally, when the amount of money spent on teaching higher order skills is increased, the relationship between school funding and student achievement will become closer. (KDP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama