ERIC Number: ED469299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Kentucky Education Reform Act: A Comparison of Equity & Adequacy Outcomes in Kentucky between Plaintiff & Non-Plaintiff School Districts.
Haselton, W. Blake; Keedy, John L.
This study compared the equity and adequacy outcomes for plaintiff and nonplaintiff school districts as they relate to the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990. Both descriptive statistics and correlation analysis were used in comparing variables and in determining the differences in selected finance measures. There were three major findings. First, progress was made in attaining equity in Kentucky school districts 10 years after the implementation of KERA. Second, comparisons of per pupil revenues indicated significant revenue gaps remained among the 176 Kentucky school districts. Third, student achievement gaps increased from 1994-1995 to 1999-2000 between plaintiff and nonplaintiff school districts on the state mandated assessment of student performance. An emerging hypothesis is whether per pupil spending alone assures adequacy or whether adequacy is associated with efficient utilization of the resources available. The disparity in student achievement across the states 176 districts since KERA implies that not all districts, nor schools within districts, may use the resources at their command equally well. (Contains 8 tables and 24 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990