ERIC Number: ED315250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Academic Achievement in America's Small Schools: Data from High School and Beyond.
McIntire, Walter G.; Marion, Scott F.
This paper examines differences in educational outcomes among 1,792 students from small (fewer than 300 pupils), average (400-700 pupils), and large (900-1,200 pupils) rural high schools, and among 1,084 students from small high schools in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Data were drawn from the High School and Beyond database, a national sample of high school students surveyed four times from 1980-86. In the rural schools, socioeconomic status (SES) explained between 10-20% of the variability in all of the dependent measures except two; gender explained as much variance in the writing measure as SES; and school size was not significantly related to any dependent variable. Once socioeconomic status was controlled, urbanicity produced only negligible differences in academic outcomes. School size produced nonsignificant but consistent differences in educational outcomes. In all cases except the mathematics measure, students from small schools had higher mean scores on the dependent measures than other students, and students from moderately sized schools had higher mean scores than those from large schools. This report contains 15 references and 6 data tables. (SV)
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