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dc.contributor.author Song, Kevin
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-01T13:55:32Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-01T13:55:32Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/3185
dc.description Senior Honors Thesis for Public Policy Studies en_US
dc.description.abstract This research project analyzes the effects of the 1998 Abbott V New Jersey Supreme Court decision on student achievement in the state’s underperforming Abbott districts. The Court mandated the reallocation of the districts’ state aid to best practice reforms. This project uses regression analysis to compare the Abbott districts to socioeconomically similar districts in New Jersey while controlling for the confounding factors of each district’s Black student percentage, Hispanic student percentage, socioeconomic status, and expenditure per pupil. The results show that Abbott V had no effect on fourth grade achievement between 2004 and 2007 and lowered achievement growth for cohorts of students who entered fourth grade in 2004 and 2005. The results hold for both language arts and math achievement measured both as district proficiency rate and district average score. The project concludes that Abbott V was not effective in increasing student achievement and that the state was justified in eliminating the Abbott district system under the School Funding Reform Act of 2008. en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Education Reform en_US
dc.subject Courts en_US
dc.subject School Finance en_US
dc.subject Achievement Gap en_US
dc.subject New Jersey en_US
dc.title Attempting Education Reform through the Courts: The Inefficacy of Abbott V Court-Mandated Funding Reallocation and Reforms in Underperforming School Districts in New Jersey en_US
dc.department Public Policy Studies en_US

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