Educational Administration, Department of

 

Date of this Version

Fall 10-14-2014

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A DISSERTATION Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Major: Education Studies (Educational Leadership and Higher Education), Under the Supervision of Professor Barbara Y. LaCost. Lincoln, Nebraska: October, 2014

Copyright (c) 2014 J. Eli Crow

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine (a) the estimate for the district marginal cost of mandatory state standardized assessments, (b) if student enrollment can be used to predict the district marginal cost of mandatory state standardized assessments, and c) the unit (per student) district marginal cost of mandatory state standardized assessments. The study included the use of a simple linear regression analysis with associated plots and trend lines.

The study established that district enrollment was correlated with district marginal cost of standardized testing which allowed the researcher to calculate the total and per student district level marginal cost of mandatory state standardized assessments. The state marginal cost was also used to provide a comparative figure with past research in the field. The study was designed to provide a single year snapshot of these costs in order to provide a framework that adds to the scholarly research for the purposes of performing cost/benefit analyses on standardized testing initiatives. The study determined that the marginal costs of state standardized assessments has risen significantly since the introduction of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Adviser: Barbara Y. LaCost

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