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Today’s Date (e.g. 6, November 2018) From: Andrew Pritchet To: Dr. Larson Subj: Independent Research Project Report: Topic (e.g. Educational finances per district in Al, MS, Fl, & Tn) IRP Summary: The dataset that I chose for my IRP project is titled Educational Finances per district. The original dataset was for every state, but I narrowed it down to Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. I picked a district from each state that has similar enrollment. From this I analyzed the amount of funding that each of these districts receive to determine if all students receive the same amount of funding. I also examined the national educational ranking of each state to determine if money spent per student equated to beter educational ranking. One can assume that the more money spent the higher the education ranking will be, but this Is not the case. There is a similar correlation between money spent and population size in certain counties across state lines. This could be due to the common core curriculum requirements. Common core puts everyone on the same curriculum meaning that a third-grade class in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and will all learn the same curriculum. Based on the common core theory it should cost the same amount of money to teach a third grader in Alabama as it would in Florida. This analysis will help determine whether districts are getting a fair amount of money compared to the similar districts in the surrounding states. The information that I will gain from analyzing the data is important because some districts may not be receiving the amount of funding that they need. I uploaded the dataset into SAS and used different tools to analyze the data. The first thing I did was characterize the data to get the descriptive statistics. Next, I ran a linear regression to compare the data and then I analyzed the results. The dataset I used is titled US Educational Finances by Roy Garrard.
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