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ERIC Number: ED547340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 375
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-4345-8
How Resource Allocations Are Used to Promote Student Learning: Case Studies of Elementary Schools in Hawai`i with Rising Academic Achievement
Higa, Mitzie Y.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
This study used a purposeful sample of five public non-charter elementary schools in Hawai`i. The schools, located on two different islands, displayed evidence of improving academic performance and consistently outperformed the state average growth in scores on the Hawai`i State Assessment (HSA). These schools had mid to high percentages of disadvantaged students as well as a high percentage of minority students. Case studies, which included information collected from school documents as well as interview data, performance data and information on the use of resources at the school level, were conducted in all five schools. The findings were analyzed and compared with the Evidence-Based Model (EBM) of resource allocation, developed by Odden and Picus (2008). The Evidence-Based Model identifies the elements of a school-wide instructional program that research has shown to be effective in improving student performance. The findings highlight the importance of providing principals with enough autonomy to make data based decisions regarding the allocation and use of their limited resources to meet students' specific learning needs. These principals also realized the value of working collaboratively with their staff toward a shared purpose of raising student achievement and providing students and staff with the support needed to achieve this goal. This study illustrates that, even within current fiscal constraints in the state of Hawai`i, resources focused on increasing student achievement through the ten strategies identified by Odden and Archibald (2010) to dramatically improve student performance can be effectively allocated by using data-driven decisions. As the State of Hawai`i and the nation recover from the current recession, the Evidence-Based Model offers a framework that provides guidance to focus the allocation of future investments in education to promote student achievement. Implications for practice and policy are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii