ERIC Number: ED326370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Transcending the Effects of School Size on the High School Curriculum.
Monk, David H.
Enrollment levels of high schools are positively related to the number of courses offered. The most common way to expand educational opportunities in communities served by small high schools is to increase enrollment, usually by means of consolidation. Size, however, is not always the predictor of course offerings, as some relatively small schools offer numbers of courses that rival the number offered by considerably larger schools. This study was designed to analyze the effects on course offerings of factors other than school size. The analysis is based on the data of the High School and Beyond Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education. The strategy of the inquiry was to explain the variation in curricular offerings after the effects of school size were statistically removed. None of the predictor variables (community characteristics, spending level, flexibility in the internal allocation of resources, the external labor market conditions, the press for achievement, and the presence of a collegial decision making structure) were found to make a substantive difference in explaining the variation of course offerings. The data tables point out inequalities in the educational opportunities being provided for high school students. In addition, the analysis illustrates how inadequate school or school district consolidation is likely to be for broadening educational opportunities at the secondary level. Table of regression coefficients are included. (ALL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: High School and Beyond (NCES); Residual Scores
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (Las Vegas, NV, March, 1990). Figures 1 and 2 contain broken print.