ERIC Number: ED477353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Examination of Resource Allocation in Education: Connecting Spending to Student Performance. Research Report.
Pan, Diane; Rudo, Zena H.; Schneider, Cynthia L.; Smith-Hansen, Lotte
This document reports on a study on the relationship between resources and student performance. The study examined district-level patterns of resource allocation, district and school resource practices implemented to improve student performance, and barriers and challenges to efficient resource allocation faced by districts and schools. The study took place in independent school districts in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Data for the study were collected from national, state, and local fiscal, staffing, and demographic records and information; interviews with superintendents, directors of instruction, chief financial officers, personnel directors, principals, and other district staff; focus groups composed of administrators; and teacher surveys. Both qualitative and quantitative data were analyzed using various methods, including multivariate models, ANOVAs, and regression analysis. The findings from the research demonstrated a strong relationship between resources and student success. The results indicated that allocating resources within select areas and for certain practices might make a significant impact on student performance. Both the level of resources and their explicit allocation seemed to affect educational outcomes. Four appendices detail the variables used in the data analyses, data-collection protocols and procedures, analyses of the data, and tables showing fiscal and staffing data. (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Budgets, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Economics of Education, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Expenditures, Financial Support, Fringe Benefits, Performance, Resource Allocation, Salaries, School District Spending, School District Wealth, Student Costs, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Student Ratio
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Louisiana; New Mexico; Texas