New Study Shows Small Schools Can Help Students and Teachers Succeed, But Not Without Support

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A new Carnegie Corporation-funded study by Philadelphia-basedResearch for Action (RFA) takes a close look at 25 new and converted small high schools. The results show small schools can clearly contribute to student success, particularly among students with the greatest academic needs.

The report "Going Small: Progress and Challenges of Philadelphia's Small High Schools" also finds that small schools tend to foster a positive school environment, which can support and retain teachers, a feature which dovetails with the Obama administration's drive for teacher quality and accountability. But small schools cannot succeed on size alone, and need continual support from both the School District and outside partners to ensure sustained progress. Read the press release.