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Schools Think Small To Expand Learning

The jury is still out on whether small schools are the magic educational pill that will narrow the long-standing achievement gap between minority and nonminority students.
The jury is still out on whether small schools are the magic educational pill that will narrow the long-standing achievement gap between minority and nonminority students.

The initial results are not encouraging. A recent review by the Consortium on Chicago School Research found stagnant test scores at five of Chicago's established learning communities.

"Many of the schools are big 'small schools,'" said Douglas Wood, the executive director of the National Academy for Excellent Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. "And they are not taking advantage of their smallness."

This article, written by Steve Giegerich and Alexa Aguilar, appeared in the February 12th, 2006 publication of The St. Louis Post.

Published Monday, Feb. 13, 2006

Schools Think Small To Expand Learning

The jury is still out on whether small schools are the magic educational pill that will narrow the long-standing achievement gap between minority and nonminority students.

The initial results are not encouraging. A recent review by the Consortium on Chicago School Research found stagnant test scores at five of Chicago's established learning communities.

"Many of the schools are big 'small schools,'" said Douglas Wood, the executive director of the National Academy for Excellent Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. "And they are not taking advantage of their smallness."

This article, written by Steve Giegerich and Alexa Aguilar, appeared in the February 12th, 2006 publication of The St. Louis Post.

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