Small is beautiful

10/12/2004 | NYTimes.com

Backed by research indicating smaller schools have higher graduation rates, better test scores and fewer dropouts, districts around the country are breaking up existing schools into more intimate academies or creating new ones with no more than 400 students. Tom Vander Ark of the Gates Foundation counsels schools doing the changeover to keep the primary focus on instruction and avoid becoming sidetracked by structural or scheduling issues.

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