Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Teacher compensation and student achievement: The relationship between salaries & benefits and ISAT & PSAE composite scores
by Reilly, Barry M., Ed.D., Illinois State University, 2007, 170; 3290556
Abstract (Summary)

The No Child Left Behind Legislation has focused attention on K-12 education and has held school districts accountable for student achievement to levels higher than ever before. Punitive measures are in place for school districts that fail to meet standards. The bar is continually raised such that by the year 2014 all students are expected to be proficient in reading and math. In addition to this, all students are expected to graduate from high school. These are lofty goals indeed but the one key to helping students succeed is that of placing a good quality teacher in every classroom. In order to get quality teachers, there is a belief that you must pay them well.

This study examined the relationship between teacher salaries & benefits and student achievement in Illinois Public School Districts. The independent variables considered in this study were the beginning Bachelor's salary, beginning Master's salary, top salary, percentage of board paid TRS, percentage of board paid medical insurance, percentage of low-income students, percentage of minority students, union affiliation, district size, and district type. The research suggests that there is a relationship between top salaries and student achievement as measured by student Illinois Standards Achievement Test and the Prairie States Achievement Exam.

Indexing (document details)
School: Illinois State University
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 68/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration
Keywords: Achievement, Benefits, ISAT, PSAE, Salaries, Teacher compensation
Publication Number: 3290556
ISBN: 978-0-549-33924-3
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