Education Working Paper No. 9  April 2005


The Effect of Residential School Choice on Public High School Graduation Rates

Table 4: Effect of Increasing District Size to Benchmark Levels for Certain States

2001 District Size in Sq. Miles

2002 Graduation Rate

Graduation Rate If Districts are Size of National Median(62 Sq. Miles)

Graduation Rate If Districts are Size of Florida's (260 Sq. Miles)

Illinois

62

74%

73%

68%

Massachuse tts

22

75%

73%

69%

Arizona

277

70%

N/A*

66%

Arkansas

168

72%

71%

67%

* Arizona's districts are already slightly larger than national median.

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