Date of Award

Spring 5-2009

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Terry Reid

Second Advisor

Dr. Sherry DeVore

Third Advisor

Dr. Howard Neeley

Abstract

This evaluation discusses the commonalities in the issues among rural school districts in Missouri. A survey was sent to 270 school districts in the state of Missouri with 1,000 student enrollment or fewer. Fifty percent of the districts responded. The survey consisted of a questionnaire targeting thirteen different issues and requested that superintendents target the top five issues in their school district. The main issues selected were district funding (84%), student achievement (73%), governmental mandates (61%), socio-economic factors (48%), and technology (47%). Results of this evaluation are tabulated in Chapter 4, based on the following research questions: 1)What are the main issues in rural Missouri K-12 Public School Districts? 2)Are there differences in the main issues in rural Missouri K-12 Public School Districts according to student enrollment? 3)Are there differences in the main issues in rural Missouri K-12 Public School Districts based on the years of experience of the superintendent? 4)Are there differences in the main issues in rural Missouri K-12 Public School Districts in relation to the demographic region? 5)In rural Missouri K-12 Public School Districts are the main issues the same?

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