Essays in Education


The relationship between school size and academic achievement of African-American secondary school students was examined. Data were drawn from the Texas Academic Excellence Indicator System for 1998, 1999, and 2000. Results showed greater academic achievement for AfricanAmerican students from large schools than for African-American students at medium and small schools. These findings were most consistent on nationally standardized tests. Results were least consistent for state wide tests and for end of course grades, but all differences found favored large schools. Higher attendance rates were found for students in small schools, but no differences were found for dropout or graduation rates. Regardless of relative differences related to school size, the absolute level academic achievement was unacceptably low. Results are discussed in terms of the conditional effects of school size on minorities and possible changes in the effects of school size related to recent educational reforms.

Unique Identifier


Included in

Education Commons



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.