Date of Award

Winter 2008

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educ Foundations & Leadership

Program/Concentration

Educational Leadership

Committee Director

William A. Owings

Committee Member

Shana L. Pribesh

Committee Member

Whitney H. Sherman

Abstract

School district budgeting decisions take on added significance in light of fulfilling the objectives of No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). If NCLB's goal of 100% student proficiency by 2014 is to be realized, school districts, as part of their improvement plans, need to focus on how to ensure that appropriate resources are available to fund proven instructional strategies which produce results. Budgeting merges resources and results. This study examines school district budgeting processes in light of NCLB. Overall, it appears that, in the school districts represented, budgeting practices have changed since the introduction of NCLB. More specifically, there has been a significant change in what school business officials consider to be the most relevant criteria in making budget decisions. In this mixed methods study, the data also suggest that budgeting methods/practices have changed by becoming more performance-based. Finally, there appears to be a relationship between performance-based budgeting and student achievement.

DOI

10.25777/efnc-5v93

ISBN

9780549920816

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