Estimating adequate funding to meet performance standards for junior high school students: Adequate funding comparisons between rural and non-rural schools in Taiwan

Liang Cheng Zhang, Tian Ming Sheu*, Hsin Chieh Wu

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Abstract

Although the mathematical ability of Taiwanese students is ranked high according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Taiwan faces the problem of a gap in test scores between rural students and their non-rural counterparts, with the latter group scoring higher on average. Inadequate funding is a possible reason for this discrepancy. Therefore, this paper uses the cost function approach to compare adequate funding requirements between rural and non-rural schools. The adequate funding estimates are calculated based on the different levels of mathematics scores in the Basic Competence Test (basic, average, and proficient). The results showed that rural schools require more per student funding than do non-rural schools, irrespective of the use of score levels as references. A greater portion of rural schools were shown to operate under inadequate per student funding compared with non-rural schools. This paper provides further evidence of the urgency of increased investment in rural schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-67
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Research in Education Sciences
Volume61
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adequacy
  • Cost function approach
  • Math achievement
  • School finance
  • Stochastic frontier analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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