Small schools may seem more manageable and less threatening than the stereotypical “blackboard jungle.” But without quality controls, small schools are not nearly as effective as they may seem, argues David C. Bloomfield in this Education Week Commentary.
While some have achieved astounding results, Bloomfield writes, research indicates that small schools do not consistently show improvement in student achievement. In addition, Bloomfield points out that downsizing failing large schools frequently creates nothing more than overcrowding in nearby schools.
Are the benefits of small schools being oversold?
A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.