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Asbury, Elizabeth Ann. Determinants of Principal Pay in the state of Texas.
Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership), May 2016, 70 pp., 5 figures, 2 tables,
references, 122 titles.
The purpose of the study was to examine district, campus, and community
determinants of principal's salaries using a spatial econometric framework. Among the
district variables business tax (p = 0.001), property tax (p < .01), and the Herfindahl
Index (measure of competition) were statistically significant indicators of principal
salaries. The results suggest that more affluent districts tend to pay principals higher
salaries, which was expected. Regarding campus characteristics, the percent of
economically disadvantaged was not a statistically sound indicator (p = 0.468), but
campus enrollment was significant (p = <.01). Interestingly as the percentage of
economically disadvantaged students increased, the principal salary decreased. In
contrast, as student enrollment increases the salary of principals increases, suggesting
that principals of larger campuses earn higher salaries. Interestingly, student
achievement was not a statistically significant predictor of principals' salary given that
pay for performance in Texas is at the forefront of political debate. Among the variables
examined at the community level, only the percentage of homes owner occupied (p =
0.002) was found to be a statistically significant indicator of principal salary (p = .002).
The lack of evidence on reforms, such as determinants of principal salary, points to data
and research deficiencies to be addressed in order to learn more about their effects and
make sound public policies. The paper utilized a spatial regression approach to
examine the determinants of principal salary using data from the local, state, and
national data sources. Principal salaries are viewed from several lenses in this study by
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