ERIC Number: ED213092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Practical Aspects of a Method of Elementary School Closing.
Puleo, Vincent T.
This method of determining which elementary school to close involves the identification of a number of factors to be considered and the weighting of those factors according to importance. It involves five steps: establishing a precise reason or purpose for school closing, selecting factors to quantify this purpose, deciding on a weighting scheme to reflect emphasis, collecting data, and analyzing data and drawing up profiles of each school. The reason for school closure must be clear at the outset. Nine factors are usually of particular interest and can be easily calculated: building enrollment, building age, percent of enrollment decline by building, cost of building operation, efficiency of building operation, number of students moved, salaries, program facilities rating, and added transportation cost. After factors are weighted, scores can be reported by standard scores or by ranking. The method provides comparative objective data that has some content and construct validity and credibility. Its limitations include lack of clarity regarding number of factors to include, the necessity for recalculating all data with each school closed, problems with quantifying relevant factors, and lack of applicability to small school districts. A companion document explores further the rationale for the method. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Standard Scores
Note: For a related document, see EA 014 387.