On December 16th, P81 cofounder Clayton Nylund graduated from the University of Florida with his Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Nylund’s dissertation study was titled “Adequate Funding for Primary Education in the Artibonite Department of Haiti.” The study’s abstract is included below and the full dissertation can be requested via the University of Florida. http://www.ufl.edu.
Since its formation following a slave revolution in 1804, the Republic of Haiti has a long history of political instability, civil unrest and poverty. As of 2015, Haiti’s gross domestic product (GDP) was US$1,732, per capita, making it the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti’s education sector was no exception to this sparsity, receiving only 2.5 percent of the nation’s overall GDP. The purpose of this study was to determine adequate funding for Haitian primary schools based upon mathematical achievement levels and the professional judgment of site-based administrators. A Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), originally administered to Florida’s third-grade students in 2006, was utilized to determine mathematical achievement. In 2015, the translated FCAT was administered to 207 students, enrolled in four schools, located in the lower Artibonite department of Haiti. The results indicated that the sample answered sixteen of the forty mathematics questions correctly, on average. Based on these results, the four site-based administrators recommended the funding amounts necessary to increase mathematical achievement by 15 percent. The average annual amounts, in US dollars, included $461 per teacher salary, a $540 administrative salary, $40 per student for instructional materials, $367 per student for meals, and $37 per student for uniforms.