Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation


Educational Leadership and Policies


Educational Administration

First Advisor

Kenneth Stevenson


One purpose of this study was to determine whether a relationship exists between the size of South Carolina PreKindergarten - 5 or Kindergarten - 5 public elementary schools and student achievement while controlling for the effect of socioeconomic status. The independent variable school size, or 135-day average daily membership, the dependent variable student achievement, and the control variable poverty index were obtained from the 2008 South Carolina Department of Education (SC DOE) 2008 Annual School Report Card. Utilizing the same variables, a second purpose of this study was to ascertain if student achievement varied among public elementary schools in South Carolina when the poverty index was controlled by including schools with similar poverty indexes in strata.