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Title: Trends in Disparities in School District Level Expenditures per Pupil
Description: This report examines disparities between school districts in instructional expenditures in elementary and secondary schools for each state and also for geographic regions and the nation as a whole for the period from 1979-80 to 1993-94. Six alternative disparity measures were used: (1) the coefficient of variation; (2) the Gini coefficient; (3) the Thiel coefficient; (4) the federal range ratio; (5) the McLoone index; and (6) Atkinson's index. For most of the states, a majority of disparity indices for unified districts indicated declining disparity from 1979-80 to 1993-94. For each of the states for which the measures fell, the decline in disparity does not necessarily mean the state has a more equitible distribution of education expenditures as the percentage and distribution of special needs students may have changed over that period.
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Cover Date: January 2000
Web Release: December 17, 1999
Print Release:
Publication #: NCES 2000020
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Statistical Analysis Report
Survey/Program Areas: Annual Reports and Information Staff (Annual Reports)
Education Finance Statistics Center (EDFIN)
Questions: For questions about the content of this Statistical Analysis Report, please contact:
Xiaolei Wang.