Study: Athletic Spending Negatively Impacts Test Scores

03/15/2002 | Education Week

Districts that spend a large proportion of their budget on athletics tend to perform worse on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test, according to study by two Boston University researchers. The pair says teachers' and superintendents' salaries, political races and state aid also affect MCAS scores. The findings challenge the notion that wealth and demographics are the best predictors of success.

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