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Dissertation Defense: A Study of Internet Spending and Graduation Rates: A Correlational Study

ED 306
April 24, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Announcing the Final Examination of D. Gillian Violette for the degree of Doctor of Educational Leadership

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between school district spending on Internet access and student achievement, defined by graduation rates, in the state of Florida. Internet funding received for Internet access from E-rate funding administered by the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) and graduation rates of the 67 school districts in the state of Florida were compared. Further, the data were adjusted for socio-economic status (SES) to determine the relationship between school districts' SES and spending on Internet access. Lastly, school district connectivity and bandwidth were examined to determine whether the ConnectED initiative requirements were related to student achievement and the implementation of school district digital learning programs. E-rate funding and graduation rates were not correlated. Regression and multiple regression analyses demonstrated that Internet spending, bandwidth, and ratio of computers to students did not statistically predict graduation rates during the years of the study.

Committee in charge: Ken Murray (Chair), Lee Baldwin, Walter Doherty, Larry Jaffe


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