How Does Consolidation of School Districts Impact Student Learning?

February 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

There is no doubt, the post legislative audit released last week in the State of Kansas provided a lot of ‘fodder’ for discussion. I, too, ‘pawed’ over the report looking to see how realistic the proposed consolidation seemed, and like many, I see a lot of problems. However, I also found myself asking, what the educational outcomes of such moves would be for student learning. After all, isn’t the real question, “How can we best use our resources to provide the HIGHEST quality education for ALL kids?”

Below is a link to a research study which evaluates the impact of consolidation on factors beyond efficiencies, which of course is at the heart of the recommended course of action noted in the report above. It is quite interesting.

http://www.uark.edu/ua/der/EWPA/Research/Leadership/1805.html

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