Title page for ETD etd-08252008-162024
|Type of Document
||Hughes, Mary F.
||Multivariate analysis of equity in public elementary and secondary school finance
||Educational Research, Evaluation, and Policy Studies
|Hereford, Karl T.
|Salmon, Richard G.
|Alexander, M. David
|Cross, Lawrence H.
|Rich, Richard C.
|Date of Defense
This study approached the concept of equity in public elementary
and secondary school finance as a complex, multi-variable phenomena. The
purpose of this study was to develop a procedure for determining whether
or not an equitable distribution of current expenditure per pupil in a
state had been achieved based upon the interrelationships of multiple
fiscal, non-fiscal school and community variables, and pupil output
Six orthogonal factors, derived from principal components analysis
and varimax rotation of 24 school and community variables from 131
Virginia school districts during the 1987-88 school year, became the
independent variables in multiple regression analysis with school
finance data and student output data as the dependent variables.
Community Type, Fiscal Capacity, and Economic Composition of a
District Population accounted for 61% of the variability in current
expenditure per pupil and 63% of the variability in the percentage of
students planning to attend a four year college. Over 70% of the
variability in Achievement Test Scores was accounted for by Black Family
Structure, Fiscal Capacity, Economic Composition of a District
Population, and Community Type characteristics.
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