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ERIC Number: ED562553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Relationship between Schools' Costs per Pupil and Nevada School Performance Framework Index Scores in Clark County School District
Rice, John; Huang, Min
Regional Educational Laboratory West
Clark County School District (CCSD) asked the Western Regional Education Laboratory (REL West) to examine the relationship between spending per pupil and Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) index scores in the district's schools. Data were examined from three school years (2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14) and for three types of schools (elementary, middle, and high schools). One set of analyses examined whether more spending per pupil was linked to higher NSPF index scores, without first accounting for how school characteristics are linked to NSPF index scores. In this case, when not adjusting for the additional costs of educating students in special programs, more spending per pupil in elementary schools was significantly linked with lower NSPF index scores. In addition, when adjusting for the additional costs of educating students in special programs, more spending per pupil in elementary schools in 2014 was significantly linked with higher NSPF index scores in the same year. Otherwise, there was no consistent relationship between spending per pupil and NSPF index scores across school years or types of schools. A second set of analyses examined whether a greater difference in actual versus predicted (based on school characteristics) spending per pupil was linked to higher NSPF index scores. There was no consistent relationship between the differences in actual versus predicted spending per pupil, and NSPF index scores, either across school years or types of schools. This was the case whether or not spending per pupil was adjusted for the additional costs of educating students in special programs. A third set of analyses examined whether more spending per pupil was linked to higher NSPF index scores, after accounting for how school characteristics are linked to index scores. Again, more spending per pupil was not significantly associated with NSPF index score across types of schools, whether or not spending per pupil was adjusted for the additional costs of educating students in special programs. This was the case whether index scores were examined year-by-year or whether the changes in index scores were examined over three consecutive years. All the findings are correlational; therefore, they cannot speak to whether variations in school performance are caused by variations in spending per pupil. The following are appended: (1) Details on the analytic methods; and (2) Additional analyses for question 3.
Regional Educational Laboratory West. Available from: WestEd. 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-1242. Tel: 877-493-7833; Tel: 415-565-3000; Fax: 415-565-3012; Web site: https://relwest.wested.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory West (ED); WestEd
Identifiers - Location: Nevada
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: EDIES12C0002