ERIC Number: ED344239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Class Size Reduction Evaluation: Freshman English, Spring 1991.
San Juan Unified School District, Carmichael, CA.
As a result of the Morgan-Hart Class Size Reduction Act of 1989, San Juan (California) Unified School District was able to reduce the number of students in freshman English classes from over 30 to 20 in the spring semester 1991. This reduction of at least 10 students per class was a welcome change for high school students and their teachers. The district's Research and Evaluation Department conducted an evaluation study to determine the impact of this class size reduction program. Test scores in reading comprehension made significant gains and the 2543 students in the study earned better grades in English. As a result of smaller classes, students were more actively involved in the instructional process. This was demonstrated by an increase in the number of student reading and writing assignments, more oral presentations and frequent classroom discussions. Students also received increased feedback on their English assignments and teachers had time to work with students individually. From the information collected, it appears that the class size reduction program was well received and successful. (One graph and six unnumbered tables of data are included.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Juan Unified School District, Carmichael, CA.
Identifiers: San Juan Unified School District CA