The purpose of this mixed methods study was to investigate the impact of New Jersey’s permanent Interdistrict School Choice Program relative to equity as perceived by participating school superintendents. This researcher measured the impact of New Jersey’s Interdistrict School Choice program utilizing quantitative and qualitative data collected via a web-based survey instrument, the New Jersey Interdistrict School Choice Perception of Equity Inventory. In this approach, data from Likert questions and open-ended responses were used to evaluate superintendent’s perceptions based upon the independent variables of district socioeconomic status, district geographic classification and district enrollment dynamic. A triangulation design mixed methodology was employed to converge both the quantitative data and qualitative data for analysis. The quantitative survey data was utilized to compute inventory scores for each participant that were disaggregated based upon the independent variables. This researcher subsequently conducted ANOVA tests to determine if there were significant differences in the superintendents’ perceptions of the impact of the Interdistrict School Choice Program. The qualitative data, generated from the survey open-ended responses was pattern coded and analyzed for frequency. Finally, this researcher validated and interpreted the combined quantitative and qualitative results. The results of the study were that 71 participating superintendents held overall positive perceptions of the impact of the New Jersey Interdistrict School Choice program relative to equity. There were no significant differences in the perceptions of participating superintendents based on district socioeconomic status, district geographic classification and district enrollment dynamic.
|Advisor:||Doria, Joseph V., Jr.|
|Commitee:||Andrews, Robert, Blue, Maureen, Solter, George|
|School:||Saint Peter's University|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education finance, Educational leadership, Education Policy|
|Keywords:||Education policy, Educational leadership, Equity, Interdistrict choice, School choice, School finance|
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