Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Business Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Kern, Robert


Academic achievement--New Jersey; Education--United States--Finance; Schools--New Jersey


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of the study was to identify how school districts were impacted by the state aid decisions made from 2002 and to then determine if there was a relationship between the excess or shortfall of state aid received and the achievement of students in each district during the same period as measured by standards used to identify schools in need of improvement. The study included 540 non-Abbott school districts and considered enrollment growth, change in total budget, and change in state aid. It used the 2004-2005 report of schools in need of improvement to identify districts that were failing to achieve. As more years passed from the 2001-2002 base year, the last year in which actual district enrollments were used to calculate the state aid to be received by each district, there was a greater disparity in the amount of state aid received by the school districts in terms of changes in district enrollments. At the same time, more districts were being identified as having schools in need of improvement. No direct causal relationship was identified, however parallels were identified that warrant further study.