ERIC Number: ED455680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Smaller, Safer, Saner, Successful Schools.
Nathan, Joe; Febey, Karen
This report provides brief case studies of 22 public school buildings in 12 states, representing urban, suburban, and rural communities, including both district-run and charter public schools. The studies demonstrate the schools' ability to improve academic achievement and behavior in safe, nurturing, and stimulating environments. The researchers say the case study analysis reveals that on average, smaller schools can provide a safer and more challenging school environment that creates higher academic achievement and graduation rates, fewer disciplinary problems, and greater satisfaction from families, students, and teachers. Also, schools that share facilities with other organizations offer broader learning opportunities for students, provide higher quality services to students and their families, and present a way to efficiently use tax dollars. (GR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Charter Schools, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Effectiveness, School Safety, Small Schools, Student School Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for School Change.; National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, Washington, DC.