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An Analysis of the Relationship Between Disability Identification Rate, Funding and Accountability in New York State Public Schools

Julie Ludwig-Landy, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between a school districts’ identification rate of students with disabilities, the graduation rate of students with disabilities within the district, and the district’s per pupil expenditures for students with disabilities. This non-experimental quantitative study will focus on reviewing existing data for school districts in New York State that have identification rates of students with disabilities that are at levels above and below the state average identification rate of students with disabilities. For the purposes of this study, the data used will be from the 2015-2016 school year. Data for the study will be culled from the state data base available at data.nysed.gov and from the New York Education Department Data Support Office. Data will include the identification rate of students with disabilities per district, graduation rate based on state report card data, and per pupil expenditures identified in the fiscal supplement. This website provides information for each district in New York State based on district reported data that is verified and certified by each district’s superintendent. The investigation will examine the identification rate of students with disabilities for the districts specified as participants in the study. The identification rate of students with disabilities in the specified districts will stand as the independent variable. This variable will be examined in relation to the dependent variables of graduation rate of students with disabilities and per pupil expenditures for students with disabilities within the participating districts. Furthermore, the study will examine the relationship between graduation rate as an accountability measure and per pupil expenditures, with per pupil expenditures standing as the independent variable.

Subject Area

Special education

Recommended Citation

Ludwig-Landy, Julie, "An Analysis of the Relationship Between Disability Identification Rate, Funding and Accountability in New York State Public Schools" (2019). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI22589472.
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI22589472

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