The effects of school enrollment size on student achievement
Bullard, Holly Cato.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Recently, large school enrollments have been one reason given by policymakers for the nation's poor public school performance. Utilizing California public school panel data (CBEDS) from school years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, this paper analyzes the effect of enrollment size on school achievement as measured by California's Academic Performance Index for each school and the average SAT score for high schools. I also analyze the effect of Small Learning Communities, or small schools within schools created by the state, on average academic achievement. I find that school enrollment size has a small but not substantive effect on average student academic achievement.
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