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ERIC Number: ED197438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Economies of Scale and Cost-Quality Relationships in Elementary and Secondary Schools: A Survey.
Dawson, D. A.
Within the context of declining enrollment, this paper considers the questions of economies of scale, cost-quality interrelationships, and rigidities in the Ontario school system. From a survey of the pertinent literature, the author concludes that economies of scale are linked to the level, size, and pupil/teacher ratio of a school and operate only under certain conditions. The relationship between cost and quality is even less well-defined. The author quotes many researchers who claim that no statistical relationship exists between expenditures and student performance on standardized tests. Similarly, he fails to unearth evidence that demonstrates a correlation between student achievement and a low pupil/teacher ratio. The author concludes that schools will have to be closed and that school boards, through careful planning and well-publicized decision-making, can effect such closures despite the rigidities created by strong bargaining units and the existing affinity for neighborhood schools. (Author/WD)
Publications Centre, Ministry of Government Services, 880 Bay St., 5th Floor, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1N8 Canada (Record No. ON01478/CODE00286; $.50 microfiche).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Declining School Enrolments in Ontario, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada