ERIC Number: ED451985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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The Relationship of Rurality and Education Accountability Outcomes.
Peevely, Gary; Ray, John R.
This paper examines accountability outcomes of Tennessee school districts, comparing rural versus urban districts and litigant versus nonlitigant districts from a 1993 fiscal equity lawsuit. School districts were assigned a measure of rurality using the Cleland Rurality Index, and comparisons were made among the 29 low-rurality districts, 66 moderate-rurality districts, and 43 high-rurality districts. The variables examined were drawn from the Tennessee Accountability Index and included per pupil expenditures, property taxes collected, local-option tax revenues, regular teacher salaries as a percentage of total instructional expenses, average daily membership, and K-5 district achievement in reading and math and value-added achievement. The most-rural districts consistently performed worst on most variables examined. Although litigant districts achieved greater equalization of state funding for local education, their average level of rurality predicted the Accountability Index performance of these districts as a group. Appendices list measures, goals, and weights in the Tennessee Performance Model; present a map depicting rurality of Tennessee counties; and outline 2000 accountability results. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee