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ERIC Number: ED509476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
Preliminary Analysis: The Cost and Characteristics of Maine's Higher Performing Public Schools
Silvernail, David L.
Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation
In Spring 2005 the Maine Legislature passed legislation establishing an isolated small school adjustment in the Essential Programs and Services (EPS) funding formula. The adjustment for isolated small high schools (i.e. under 200 pupils) was a reduction in student-teacher ratios in the formula calculations, and in the case of isolated elementary schools (i.e. fewer than 15 pupils per grade level), the adjustment amounted to a 10% transition adjustment for the 2005-06 EPS per pupil rate. Island schools received an additional adjustment for operating and maintenance costs, and transportation costs. A more complete description of the adjustments appears in Appendix A. In approving these adjustments, the Legislature directed the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) to conduct a review of high performing, cost-effective small schools. A four phase study was conducted to fulfill this Legislative directive. These included: (1) An examination of the applicability to Maine of some fairly widely held assumptions about the benefits of small schools; (2) The identification of higher performing Maine schools, of all sizes; (3) A calculation of the cost of different size higher performing schools in Maine; and (4) An analysis of characteristics of higher performing Maine schools. Based on the results of these analyses, a proposed adjustment to the cost components of EPS has been developed and is presented in the final section of this report. Appendices include: (1) Isolated Small School Adjustment; (2) Selected References; (3) Calculating Cost of Four-Year High School Graduate; (4) Four-Year Cost Per Graduate for Maine Public High Schools; (5) MEA Score Analysis by Economically Disadvantaged and Advantaged Youth; (6) Characteristics of Middle and High Schools of Different Sizes; and (7) Criteria for Higher and Lower Performing Maine School. (Contains 13 tables and 1 figure.) [This report was prepared for the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs Maine State Legislature.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southern Maine, Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation
Identifiers - Location: Maine