Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

First Advisor

Nancy Schneider

Second Advisor

Larry Matthews

Third Advisor

Richard Boyle


Funding of education has long been a major topic of discussion in both the public and political arenas. How tax dollars are spent in the area of education is now at the forefront of this debate with the advent of mechanisms which are designed to hold schools accountable for their funding. The chief mechanism of accountability is standardized testing achievement by students.

In this study, per-pupil expenditures for schools districts in the state of Missouri, for the years 1998 and 2002, will be examined as a correlation to high student achievement on the Missouri Assessment Program third grade communication arts tests for the same time periods. The study will investigate the expenditures made directly on students by districts and how these expenditures correlate to high achievement, as described by the percentage of those students achieving at Proficient and Advanced levels.

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