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NYC Small School Success
Recent findings presented by the NPR have found that students in the public school system in NYC have higher success rates as far as graduating and college admissions go. The multi-year study found the following rates between the test and control groups: --The proportion of students who graduated from these high schools in four years and enrolled the next year in a post-secondary institution was 8.4% higher than in the control group, 49& -- 11.3% college enrollment by black males, a 36% increase over the control. -- Lower cost / graduate: 14 to 16% lower Still, there are questions to be asked: were the higher success rates simply based on size? I think not: even though these rates came out of students grades with less than 100 people per grade, the schools involved in the study were set up in a specific way, and were also schools receiving funding from outside sources. It is the overall environment--the attitude, the size, the funding, etc.--that led to these results, not just the size. Small high schools comprised of students with similar educational needs and goals will be much more successful than small high schools where the students are randomly assigned, with no basis for planning course offerings or forming a community: let's hope that in the future of education, we can plan small school education in a successful way!
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@onesmile I think everyone has to choose their own style, but I think you're right: that size can be the perfect one. @nehapatel It was conducted by a foundation associated with the Bill Gates Foundation, but I still think there is a lot of value in what they found. @pixiedust Exactly! My mother went to school of only 10 students in her class (of course, this was a long, long time ago) but she felt stunted by the low number, not helped. I can see the same happening today.
@greggr although I'm biased to me this always comes back to the teachers. We need the right training and compensation in order to do our jobs effectively. Of course a huge part is also the administration, but hiring talented teachers, paying them good wages, and places them with small groups of students selected for specific programs would do wonders for advancing our education system.
@pixiedust It definitely would, but I wonder if the educational system as it stands can actually afford to bear the stress of doing so. Of course, it can't afford to bear the stress of not doing so, either, so where do we stand?
@greggr an excellent point, as everything does seem to come down to that "bottom line" of how to pay for it. Unfortunately I really don't know how to make these necessary changes financially viable. A good first step in my opinion is the debt forgiveness available to graduates who work in public service areas, including working in public schools. Getting qualified teachers in the classroom is the first step, and part of how to do that has to be making that education easier to pay for. Oh I'm sorry, I'm going off on a different tangent here haha. The point of all of this is it's a very complicated issue and I wish I had some better answers.