Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Foundations & Leadership


Educational Leadership

Committee Director

William Owings

Committee Member

Steve Myran

Committee Member

Petros Katsioloudis


This overview provides a synthesis of a comprehensive study of an intradistrict equity audit of one mid-Atlantic school district. The purpose of this study was to measure the intradistrict distribution of educational resources across elementary, middle, and high schools of one school district through an equity audit to determine whether or not the allocation and distribution of fiscal resources were equitable and adequate. This study utilized publicly available school-level expenditure data to determine the allocation and distribution of resources to expose any existing disparities. The researcher investigated any disparities in per-pupil expenditures, teacher quality, and academic achievement by examining Skrla, et al.’s (2004) three classifications.

Being there is no other research study like this to date, the researcher designed and examined the findings to determine any inequities and inadequacies through an a priori lens suggesting differences as slight, moderate, or notable. To rate the differences in funding as slight, moderate, or notable, the researcher created three per-pupil expenditure weighting groups based on Verstegen’s (2008) suggested student enrollment subgroup category weighting recommendations. The researcher’s findings of this study supported slight, moderate, and notable differences in allocation disparities, teacher quality, and an association between funding and academic achievement among the elementary school level, middle school level, and high school level when utilizing the a priori guidelines. This study aimed to add to the body of literature by addressing the gap in research related to intradistrict equity and adequacy of educational funding.