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Benefits consolidating schools

Additionally, evidence continues to build demonstrating the advantages of small schools in attaining higher levels of student achievement.

Arguments for consolidation, which merges schools or districts and centralizes their management, rest primarily on two presumed benefits: (1) fiscal efficiency and (2) higher educational quality.

The extent of consolidation varies across states due to their considerable differences in history, geography, population density, and politics.

“There are shelves and file cabinets filled with studies that go back 30 to 40 years.” The last consolidation study, Dillon said, was conducted in 2009 by consultant MGT of America, funded by a state grant; it was a $25,000 study initiated by the Berkshire Hills, Southern Berkshire and Lee-Tyringham districts.

The study found that besides significant administrative and other cost savings of pulling the three districts together into one, more varied programming could be provided to students.

Because economic crises often provoke calls for consolidation as a means of increasing government efficiency, the contemporary interest in consolidation is not surprising.

However, the review of research evidence detailed in this brief suggests that a century of consolidation has already produced most of the efficiencies obtainable.

Consolidation of Schools and Districts: What the Research Says and What it Means Howley, C., Johnson, J., & Petrie, J. University of Colorado, National Education Policy Center.