ERIC Number: ED443824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
A Four-Year Analytic Comparison of Eleventh Grade Academic Achievement in the Slippery Rock Area High School, and District Pupil Expenditures. A Report Presented to the Slippery Rock School District's Board of Directors and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Educational Measurement and Evaluation Division. Technical Report.
Christmann, Edwin P.; Badgett, John L.
During the 4-year period from 1995 to 1999, the mean mathematical and reading achievement scores of 11th graders at Slippery Rock Area High School (SRAHS) reflect a distinct decline. In the 1995-1996 school year, the SRAHS 11th grade standardized mathematics mean score was significantly higher than the Pennsylvania mean, as was the standardized reading mean. In the 1996-1997 school year, the SRAHS 11th grade mathematics mean was somewhat lower than that of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but the difference was not statistically significant. The reading mean score was precisely the same as that of the Commonwealth in 1996-1997. Both the mathematics and the reading mean scores of SRAHS's 11th graders were significantly lower than the corresponding Commonwealth means for the 1997-1998 and the 1998-1999 school years. A cost-effectiveness analysis was performed to determine the relationship between district expenditures and 11th grade mathematics and reading achievement during the same 4-year period. Since the analysis was basically a correlational procedure, no cause-effect relationship can be assumed. Nevertheless, an inverse correlation of -0.960 was found between the two variables, thus indicating that increases in expenditures were accompanied by decreases in academic achievement. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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