Date of Award

Summer 2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educ Foundations & Leadership

Program/Concentration

Educational Leadership

Committee Director

William A. Owings

Committee Member

John Nunnery

Committee Member

Steven Myran

Abstract

One way of analyzing United States investment in human capital is through examination of the nation's high school graduation rates. High school graduation has an impact on society's growth and prosperity. This study examined states fiscal effort toward education and its impact on state high school graduation rate. Utilizing a qualitative design state fiscal effort and state high school graduation rate were examined over a 25 year period from 1986-2010. Multiple regression analysis and repeated measures ANOVA was used to determine if sustained fiscal effort had an interaction with state high school graduation rate over time. This study revealed that state fiscal effort by itself did not have an effect on state high school graduation rate. The data revealed that time and higher levels of fiscal effort supported higher graduation rates. Furthermore, the study found that the cumulating effect of increasing fiscal effort over time had a statistically significant impact on increasing high school graduation rate over time.

DOI

10.25777/5kkv-9t55

ISBN

9781321316582

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