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Document Number: 5951

Big Buildings, Small Schools: Using a Small Schools Strategy for High School Reform - Two key decision points – pace of change and locus of control – are inherent in any decision to convert a large high school into multiple small schools. This report describes how real districts have successfully used the “incremental” and “big bang” time frames as well as the “inside”, “outside” and “partnership” loci of control in the creation of small high schools. The authors consider the benefits and drawbacks to each of these five options as they relate to several areas of school operations. The study also considers the unique issues small schools must face, including balancing autonomy and accountability, engendering innovation without isolation, promoting and assessing school quality and offering choice without creating a de facto hierarchy of high schools. [Free registration required to access report.] (Lili Allen and Adria Steinberg, Jobs for the Future, December 2004)...

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