Bigger High Schools Mean Better Test Scores, Says Ministry
Analysis of state exam results shows a positive link between test performance and high school size, Kalle Küttis, Undersecretary for General and Vocational Education, has said.
"It turns out that the smaller the school, the more modest the results, the bigger the school, the better the results," he told those attending an education strategy conference in Tallinn on April 11.
Küttis noted that the differences were further deepened by the fact that socially stable families tended to send their children to schools that already show higher average test results, rus.err.ee reported.
“A critical number of students should be set below which operating a high school would not be considered rational,” he said, adding that 26 high schools in Estonia have fewer than 20 students.
Küttis's comments come just as Minister of Education Jaak Aaviksoo announced the outline of his ministry's grade school reform plan, which includes axing a number of the smaller high schools in rural areas and concentrating resources on secondary schools in regional centers.
The high school, gümnaasium, is the main structural unit of secondary education in Estonia, serving grades 10-12; many also include a basic school from grade 1-9.