Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Georgia Secondary School Resource Allocation Practices: Correlation to Achievement and Socioeconomic Status
by Reid, Brandy T., Ed.D., Piedmont College, 2012, 142; 3548766
Abstract (Summary)

The state of Georgia has a constitutional obligation to provide an adequate and free public education, financed by taxation, for the citizens of the state. Increased accountability measures, continuing projected budget shortfalls, and public resistance to raising property taxes are current challenges for public schools. This study attempted to examine the allocation of educational resources through elements of the Prototypical School Model developed by Odden, Archibald, Fermanich, and Gross (2003) and consistent with Odden and Picus (2008) and Odden (2012). Research participants consisted of 22 secondary schools in the state of Georgia. A discrepancy analysis was conducted between school responses on a survey and the recommended levels of allocation per the Prototypical High School Model. Correlation to Biology End-of- Course-Test pass rate and Free and Reduced Lunch populations was established through the application of the Spearman rho correlational analysis. A significant correlation was found between school's Biology End-of-Course-Test pass rate and the school's percentage of students receiving Free and Reduced Lunch.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McCollum, Patricia M.
Commitee: Moody, Michael, Palmour, Julie R.
School: Piedmont College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Georgia
Source: DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education finance, Educational evaluation, Secondary education
Keywords: Achievement, Correlation, Georgia, Resource allocation, Secondary schools, Socioeconomic status
Publication Number: 3548766
ISBN: 978-1-267-84479-8
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