The impact of state and district wealth on educational outcomes
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This project studied the relationship between state wealth and student achievement. State wealth was measured in per capita income, and achievement in average NAEP test scores. Regression analysis determined a statistically significant relationship, where higher state income is correlated with higher average scores. This relationship was then examined on the district level using each states’ respective assessment test. Regression revealed that just like state income, district income is also a statistically significant indicator of student achievement. Lastly, the weight that district income has on scores varies depending on the state, where states with higher incomes have a smaller impact from district income than states with lower incomes.