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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Houck, Eric A.
URN etd-12012006-144753
Title Exploring school sequences as a new unit of analysis for intradistrict school finance equity studies
Degree PhD
Department Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
James W. Guthrie Committee Chair
Dale Ballou Committee Member
Ellen Goldring Committee Member
R. Anthony Rolle Committee Member
  • education policy
  • school finance
Date of Defense 2006-11-30
Availability unrestricted
This dissertation used student and school-level data to create school assignment sequences at the student level; evaluated the distribution of resources across those sequences; and compared findings from equity analysis conducted across schools within a school district to similar analysis conducted across school sequences.

Findings indicate that school sequences matter in the measurement of vertical equity, less so in measures of horizontal equity, and the impact of student racial and economic characteristics is generally less in models that include student sequence types. The general conclusion, then, is that models that do not account for school sequence both overstate and understate by small to moderate amounts the inequitable relationship between race, poverty and school-level resources.

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