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Document Number: 7269

School Size and Student Outcomes in Kentucky’s Public Schools - In November 2005, the Kentucky legislature's Program Review and Investigations Committee directed that staff address the question of how school size affects student achievement in Kentucky. This report does that -- primarily through a statistical analysis of the effect Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) scores and attendance, dropout and retention rates. Previous research indicated that small- and medium-sized schools appear to be particularly beneficial to disadvantaged students. The results differed for this statistical analysis. In examining students’ scores on the CATS assessments, staff found that generally the scores of students enrolled at larger schools were typically as high or higher than the scores of students enrolled at smaller schools. (Greg Hager, Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, June 2006) ...

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