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ERIC Number: ED507894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 47
Reducing the Negative Effects of Large Schools. Revised
Duke, Daniel L.; DeRoberto, Thomas; Trautvetter, Sarah
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
This document reviews recent efforts to promote small schools. The rationale for small schools is discussed, drawing on recent studies linking school size and various outcomes. Arguments for large schools are considered, followed by an examination of four ways to reduce the negative effects of school size--build smaller schools, utilize satellite facilities, reallocate space in existing schools, and redesign and renovate existing schools. A brief description of one such project is provided, followed by a discussion of design issues related to the subdivision of large schools into smaller units. It concludes by noting that, while small schools may not yet have demonstrated a consistent capacity for out-performing large schools in terms of student performance on standardized tests, they have begun to post a track record for keeping students in school long enough to graduate. (Contains 3 tables.) [For the 2001 version of this publication, see ED454698.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; New York; Virginia