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ERIC Number: EJ788037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 41
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Multiple Resources, Multiple Outcomes: Testing the "Improved" School Finance with NELS88
Grubb, W. Norton
American Educational Research Journal, v45 n1 p104-144 2008
This article first presents the conceptual framework of the "improved" school finance. This approach clarifies that effective school resources include compound resources, complex resources, and abstract resources in addition to the simple resources usually included in production functions. The implications of this approach are then explored with the National Educational Longitudinal Survey of the Class of 1988 (NELS88), data rich enough to measure many school resources and many outcomes. The results indicate that simple resources are much less powerful than compound, complex, and abstract resources. Many effective resources are unaffected by spending levels and must be constructed within schools, explaining why money often does not make a difference to outcomes. The results also indicate that, while a few powerful resources affect all outcomes, some affect test scores but not progress through high school, while others affect progress but not learning. (Contains 2 tables and 21 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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