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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1950. Department of School Administration.


Copyright 1950, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this study is to test certain assumptions concerning the relationship between the achieved educational level of adults and certain educational and financial factors in the 206 communities of Illinois.

Information sources for this study include: 16th Census of the United States, Property Tax Assessments, Levies, Rates, and Extensions: 1940, Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Illinois.

From the 1940 Census the total number of adults (both male and female), aged 25 years and over, of the 206 communities of Illinois.From the data the median age was determined. The total population and the median educational level of each community was obtained from the 1940 Census.

The assessed valuation of each community was obtained from the Illinois State Tax Commission Report. The per capita wealth of each community was obtained by dividing the assessed valuation by the total population of the community.

The per capita expenditure for schools was obtained by dividing the communities’ current school expenses by the total population of the community.

The relationships between the various factors were determined by the tetachoric method of correlation.

Several conclusions were made from this study among them it was determined that enough of a relationship exists between per capita expenditure for education and adult educational level in Illinois to warrant further study.

Advisor: Walter K. Beggs