The Odden et al. (2003) model of school expenditure suggests that one of its instructional components of expenditure, core academic teacher (CAT), positively impacts student achievement on standardized assessments. Hanushek (2007) has argued that this model is self-serving and requires additional spending revenue for schools, which already has proven an ineffective strategy. This study developed a CAT statistic and used the per pupil expenditure (PPE) for every public school district in North Carolina (N = 115) and correlated it to third grade student achievement on North Carolina's Reading End of Grade exam (NCREOG) to determine if any such significant relationships exist. The major research hypothesis for this study was that public school districts with a higher core academic teacher statistic would show greater student achievement on the NCREOG standardized assessment for third grade students than public schools districts with a lower core academic teacher statistic. The results of this study revealed a positive, significant correlation between CAT and third grade student achievement on the NCREOG (r = .304, significant at the 0.01 level). A significant, negative correlation was revealed between PPE and student achievement on the NCREOG (r = -.215, significant at the 0.05 level), which was magnified when the influence of CAT found in PPE was removed (r = -.382, significant at the 0.01 level). The impact of PPE, CAT, and PPE without the CAT influence on student achievement on the third grade NCREOG is examined and discussed along with implications of these results for leaders in regards to the allocation of school funds.
|Advisor:||English, Fenwick W.|
|Commitee:||Schainker, Stanley A., Veitch, James E., Zimmer, Catherine R.|
|School:||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Department:||Educational Administration (Ed. D.)|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-A 70/05, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education finance, Educational tests & measurements, School administration|
|Keywords:||Achievement, Assessment, Core academic teacher, Expenditure, Money, North Carolina End-of-Grade Reading Assessment, Reading, Teacher|
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