Advantages to consolidating school districts
You move to a community, you like the school, and you generally want it to be small.”Academic studies on size have tended to find that districts of between 2,000 and 4,000 students demonstrate lower costs but comparable outcomes to districts of about 500, according to a widely cited synthesis by three researchers at Syracuse University's Center for Policy Research that was published in 2002 in the Economics of Education Review.Virginia, which follows a pattern common in the South and West of districts that typically map onto counties, has only 134, yet it contains 1,860 schools and educates nearly 1.3 million students.Its smallest district — Highland County Public Schools — enrolls 207, while the largest, Fairfax County, has 185,000 students.” noted that since the mid-1900s, wave of consolidations that reduced the number of districts from 9,000 to the 700s, “school district reorganization studies are few, and even fewer result in successful mergers.”The report found that since 1996, 26 districts reorganized into 11, while 30 others considered and rejected mergers.
A fifth of the districts that rejected mergers are in the Southern Tier.
New York students matched the national average on both reading tests and eighth-grade math, and fell short for fourth-grade math.
Advantages to consolidating school districts comments