ERIC Number: ED313153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Differences in Achievement for First and Second Graders Associated with Reduction in Class Size.
Butler, Joan M.; Handley, Herbert M.
This paper compares the achievement of first and second grade students in reduced size classrooms with the achievement of previous groups taught in larger classrooms in a Mississippi community. It also examines a longitudinal class size effect through the analysis of student achievement for two years. The subjects involved in the study were 371 first grade students and 309 second grade students grouped in heterogeneous classes of no more than 20 students during the 1988-89 school term. These groups were taught by a teacher and assistant teacher team and used the curriculum adopted by the school district. The same instructional materials were employed during the two-year research period. Data was also collected from 350 first graders taught during 1986-87 and from 313 second graders taught during 1987-88 in homogeneous classrooms of 27 students. The Stanford Achievement Test battery, Primary 1, was administered to the students to compare achievement. Significant differences in achievement in total reading, total mathematics, and total listening were found favoring the students who were taught in small classes. (RJC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi