Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Durrington, A. Vance

Committee Member

Olinzock, Anthony

Committee Member

Davis, Ed

Committee Member

Adams, James

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Education Technology

Degree Name

Doctor of Education


College of Education


Department of Instructional Systems, Leadership and Workforce Development


No Child Left Behind (NCLB; 2002) requires student assessment to be reported by school districts based on certain demographic variables. Research indicated that other variables may relate to student achievement. This study calculated the relationship between average school district scores and the demographic variables required by NCLB (ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, special needs, migrant status and English language learners) as well as literature identified variables (source of district funding, pupil-to-teacher ratio, average teacher salary, per-pupil-expenditure, school district population size.) The subject area tests used for this study were Algebra I, Biology I, English II and United States History tests for all districts in the state of Mississippi. The study found that there was a relationship between ethnicity, and socio-economic status of students and the district?s average scores on the subject area tests, and the gender of students showed a very weak relationship. Source of funding and per-pupil-expenditure returned a significant relationship, and population size and teacher salary was significant, but weaker and more sporadic. Further research is suggested for some of the variables.