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ERIC Number: ED299062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Pages: 68
Abstractor: N/A
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Is School District Reorganization Necessary? A Study of 34 Small Illinois School Districts.
Rogers, Robert G.; And Others
This paper contests a 1985 report by the Illinois State Board of Education, which asserted that small schools are inferior and inefficient, that student achievement is significantly related to school size, and that a high school enrollment of 500-1200 students is necessary for a broad choice of academic courses and extracurricular activities. It is maintained that such a view overlooks the strengths of small schools and the deficiencies of large ones, and ignores the impact that proposed school closings have on rural communities. A survey of 34 Illinois high schools with enrollments under 500 showed that they had course offerings far exceeding state mandates and were not inefficient when judged by per capita tuition costs and operating expenses. Their students: (1) performed adequately on standardized tests; (2) had ACT scores higher than the national average; (3) had dropout rates significantly lower than the state average; (4) were capable of completing post high school programs of vocational training and higher education; and (5) had a high rate of participation in extracurricular activities. Clear standards should be set for the evaluation of school districts. Such standards should allow districts that meet state requirements to exercise local control over organizational patterns and size. The state aid formula should focus on providing adequate funding for education, not on encouraging consolidation. Eleven statistical tables and graphs are provided, and appendixes include discussions of scores on the ACT and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, and brief synopses of 18 related studies. (SV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois