ERIC Number: ED424252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Regional Disparities in Kentucky Academic Index Scores. Occasional Research Paper No. 2.
Reeves, Edward B.; Harty, Harold
In spite of a mandate to create educational equality, the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) has not eliminated inequalities in school performance scores, and the problem may even be getting worse. The objective of this study is to determine the disparities that exist among Kentucky's eight Service Center regions. The analysis uses school Academic Index scores from 1992-93 to 1996-97, averaged by region. The regional averages (or means) are compared descriptively along with the statistical application of pairwise multiple comparisons. The study's findings show that regional disparities in Academic Index scores clearly exist. These disparities are probably the result, at least in part, of contextual effects such as rural-metropolitan differences and socioeconomic influences. A goal of the KERA should be to narrow the gap between the schools in different regions. To assess progress toward this goal, it will be useful to monitor disparities in the gains that regions achieve in their scores over time. This analysis indicates that, after 5 years of KERA performance records, schools in the eight Service Regions have generally kept pace with one another. Although greater equality is still an unrealized ideal under KERA, improvement has taken place, and there is little evidence of a widening gap between higher- and lower-scoring regions. Another 5 years of data should tell if a widening gap between regions has become a problem. (Contains 2 figures, 4 tables, and 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Morehead State Univ., KY. R & D Center for Students, Schools, and Communities.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990