Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Douglas Smith (Director), Dr. John Faine, Dr. Stephen Miller

Degree Program

Department of Sociology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This thesis explores three models of a good school: the Modified Academic Index Model, the Demographically-Adjusted Model, and the Equity Model. The Modified Academic Index Model uses test scores, from the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System 2008 and 2009 academic year, to measure good schools. The Demographically-Adjusted Model uses these test scores while controlling for certain demographic variables. The Equity Model uses standard deviations of these test scores to measure quality schools. Rankings of the 228 public high schools in Kentucky are developed for each model. The rankings of the models are then compared.


Demography, Population, and Ecology | Educational Sociology