Title

Per Pupil Expenditure As a Correlate To Pupil Achievement As Measured By Act Scores

Date of Award

1989

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

First Advisor

Edgar H. Bedenbaugh

Advisor Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Abstract

The specific purpose of this study was to determine if there was a significant relationship between pupil achievement as measured by the American College Testing Program (subscores in math, science, English, social studies, and mean composite) and six contributing variables that included total revenue received from all sources, salaries of instructional personnel, current expenditures per pupil in ADA, current expenditures per pupil in ADA less transportation, current expenditures per pupil for instructional cost in ADA, and the percent of pupils receiving free lunch. This study encompassed the entire state of Mississippi and included data collected in 151 public school districts. Findings of the study indicate that there was a significant relationship between the subtest of social studies and the revenue and expenditure variables of total revenue, salaries, expenditures per pupil in ADA, expenditures per pupil in ADA less transportation, and expenditures per pupil for instructional cost in ADA, while controlling for free lunch. There was no significant relationship shown between the criterion variables and the predictor variables when the multiple linear regression test was applied and the following independent variables were controlled: total revenue, salary of instructional personnel, current expenditure per pupil in ADA, current expenditure per pupil in ADA less transportation, and current expenditure per pupil for instructional cost in ADA.