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Big School, Small School

Publication date: Oct 27, 2014

A new study of the small high schools that New York City opened in the last decade seems to have re-ignited a debate about whether small high schools are better for kids than large schools and whether it’s possible to really measure which is better.

The study, by MDRC, looked at 123 schools opened between 2002 and 2008 that had more applicants than seats and held lotteries to determine who got in. MDRC compared those students who were admitted with those who weren’t, who mostly went on to attend the more traditional large comprehensive high schools. An earlier study by MDRC had revealed the small schools had a somewhat higher graduation rate (72 percent versus 62 percent), but the new study found that the small school grads also enrolled in college at somewhat higher rates (49 percent versus 40 percent).

Read the full article on The Huffington Post Education.

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