ERIC Number: ED299056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
PRIME TIME at North Gibson School Corporation: A Three Year Study. A Comprehensive Evaluation of Indiana's Program of State Supported Class Size Reduction.
Gilman, David; And Others
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of reduced class size on achievement in the primary grades. Scores on a variety of tests were used to compare the achievement of groups of primary students who had been enrolled in Indiana's Project Primetime with the achievement of cohort groups who had received instruction in larger classes prior to the implementation of the Primetime project. Tests focused on basic skills, competence, self-concept, and attitude toward school. Significant differences favoring the smaller classes were found for local skills tests, the affective measures, and all Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) scores for grades 1 and 2. In grade 3, however, the math subtest of the ITBS was the only one of six subtests that showed significant differences favoring the smaller classes. For the grade 3 Indiana Competency Test, there were no significant differences favoring either group. Grades 1 and 2 showed a decrease in recent years compared to the dramatic gains made during the first years of the study. It is concluded that findings demonstrate the initial impact of state sponsored class size programs, but raise questions concerning the long-term effectiveness of state supported, reduced class size programs, particularly after the novelty of smaller classes has subsided. References and 25 data tables are included. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. School of Education.; North Gibson School Corp., Terre Haute, IN.