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ERIC Number: ED397501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul-9
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Student to Teacher Ratios, Expenditures Per Student, and Mean Scholastic Aptitude Test Scores for the United States.
Jones, Kyle I.; Gilman, David
Both business leaders and parents pressure policymakers to legislate new initiatives to improve schools. One improvement strategy has been to reduce class sizes; another has been to allocate larger school budgets. This paper presents findings of a study that examined the relationship between class size and student achievement and between expenditure per student and student achievement. Data from "The Factbook on Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Schools 1993" (Mattson 1993) were analyzed. The study correlated expenditures per student, student-to-teacher ratios, and mean Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores for the 50 states and the District of Columbia using a computer program that calculated Pearson Product Moment correlation coefficients. The study found a small but insignificant relationship between class size and performance on the SAT, and a significant negative correlation between expenditures per student and SAT achievement. Four tables and six graphs are included. (Contains nine references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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