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ERIC Number: ED538666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 36
Closing Schools to Improve Student Achievement: What the Research and Researchers Say. Research Summary
American Federation of Teachers (NJ)
School districts close schools for many appropriate reasons. School closure has now evolved into a school improvement strategy. Sometimes the strategy is to close the lowest-performing schools rather than low-enrollment schools and move the students into higher-achieving neighborhood schools. School closure also has become a common strategy to expand charter school density, despite extensive evidence that charter schools do not improve student achievement--especially for chronically low-performing students--any more than regular schools do. However, school closings raise concerns about the possible negative impacts on student achievement, neighborhoods, families and teaching staff. This article reviews research that focuses on school closure turnaround strategies. This review of research shows that one cannot simply shut down schools in high-poverty neighborhoods, blaming teachers and principals for the failure, and then expect the low-performing students to enroll in a dramatically higher-performing school. Rather, the research shows a more likely outcome is that school closure imitates an inevitably continuous pattern of academically harmful displacement for children already disadvantaged.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; New Jersey