ERIC Number: ED310886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Prime Time in the First Grade at the North Gibson School Corporation: The First Four Years. A Longitudinal Evaluation of Indiana's State-Supported Reduced Class Size Program.
Gilman, David A.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of reducing the size of first grade classes on students' achievement. Four groups of first grade students who had participated in Indiana's Project PRIME TIME (average class size of l8 or fewer) for 1 year were compared to one class of first grade students who had received first grade instruction in larger classes. Both groups were from the same Indiana school system. The following kinds of test scores were used as the basis for comparison: (1) achievement scores that all students had received on local competency tests in mathematics and reading; and (2) scores received on affective measures of self-concept and attitude toward school. These tests were administered to the students at the end of their respective first grade years. The school year for the larger class group was 1983-84. The school years for the smaller PRIME TIME classes were 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, and 1987-88. When the means of PRIME TIME group achievement and attitudes were compared to the means of the larger class group (non-PRIME TIME), the results showed that there were significant differences in all areas compared. All favored PRIME TIME. Furthermore, the means of PRIME TIME classes of recent school years were generally significantly higher than the means of PRIME TIME classes of earlier years. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. Professional School Services.