Philippine Journal of Public Administration, Vol 53, No 1-2 (2009)

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Enrolment Size, School Location, and National Achievement Test Scores

Abraham I. Felipe

Abstract


School enrollment is said to have direct correlation with learning competency. This was supported in the 2004 study of Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) which reported that big public high schools consistently showed better performance than small public high schools in tests measuring the learning competencies of students in areas of Mathematics, English and Science. School location was also noted to have effect in students’ performance. Using the scores and ranking of public schools in the National Achievement Test (NAT) aided by statistical tools, this paper disproves the above assumptions and reports of FAPE. The present study reveals that in some cases small public schools performs better than big schools. Discussions further present possible reasons to consider with regard to differences in test scores between big and small schools as well as schools in metropolitan cities and in towns and provinces.