ERIC Number: ED440459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
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Are Educational Policies and School Reforms Improving Schools in South Carolina?
Michel, George J.
This report examines the relationship among school expenditures, educational reforms, and school achievement in South Carolina. It discusses the social factors affecting school-district wealth, such as population, income, and the number of single parents, and compares these factors to school districts' expenditures on education. Data for the study were collected prior to 1992 by the South Carolina Department of Education. The data included self-reports and surveys and were drawn from 91 school districts in the state. Three comparisons were made between expense per pupil and (1) average teacher's salary; (2) wealth per pupil; and (3) average reforms per school. Findings show that neither the correlation between average teacher salary and expense per pupil nor the correlation between expense per pupil and average reforms per school were statistically significant. However, the correlation between wealth per pupil and expense per pupil was significant. The independent factor of school expenditures and two dependent factors of fourth-grade achievement showed significant negative relationships. Higher expenditures per pupil and school reforms were not likely to increase student achievement. The article concludes that more research on cooperative learning and the expenditures of high- and low-achieving school districts is needed. (Contains 14 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina