Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educ Foundations & Leadership

Program/Concentration

Educational Leadership

Committee Director

William Owings

Committee Member

Steve Myran

Committee Member

Petros Katsioloudis

Abstract

This study expands on previous research regarding the adequacy of educational funding in order to reach a desired academic outcome. Specifically, this study examines Virginia policies of Standards of Quality and Standards of Accreditation to see if local fiscal effort above the minimum required by Virginia has an association to the desired minimum academic outcome of school accreditation.

The research in this study shows that when using a linear regression analysis or an ANCOVA there is no relationship between effort above Required Local Effort (RLE) and the percentage of students attending an accredited school. However, when looking at the non-linear data in this study, there does appear to be a relationship between effort above RLE and the percentage of students attending an accredited school. The t-tests run show a significant difference between the sustained or increased effort above RLE and decreased effort above RLE. Further, localities with sustained or increased effort above RLE had the largest average percentage of students attending accredited schools. The conclusion being that the practical significance of sustained and increasing effort above RLE has a positive relationship to a higher percentage of students attending accredited schools.

DOI

10.25777/1hbn-5h48

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