Term of Award

Summer 2004

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Administration

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Michael D. Richardson

Committee Member 1

James Burnham

Committee Member 2

Cordelia Zinskie

Committee Member 3

Dennis Van Berkum


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship among high school size and student achievement as measured by the percentage of students obtaining passing scores on the Georgia High School Graduation Tests in Georgia's public high schools while controlling for per pupil expenditure, socioeconomic status, and race/ethnicity. Anecdotal data from Georgia public high schools housing only grades 9-12 during the 2001-2002 school year were used in the study.

This study utilized simultaneous multiple regression analysis to determine the relationship between the predictor variables and the criterion. School size was found to have a moderate positive relationship with the social studies test and a weak positive relationship with the other four content area tests. Per pupil expenditure was noted to have a weak negative relationship with each of the five tests. Socioeconomic status was noted as having a strong negative relationship with each of the five tests. The race/ethnicity variable had a moderate positive relationship with each of the five tests. Multiple regression analysis further noted the school size variable contributed a negligible amount to the explanation of student achievement on each of the five tests after the other predictor variables were entered into the model.


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