ERIC Number: ED352180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Project Challenge Preliminary Report: An Initial Evaluation of the Tennessee Department of Education "At Risk" Student/Teacher Ratio Reduction Project in Seventeen Counties.
Nye, Barbara A.; And Others
As an initial attempt to document the influence of class size reduction on overall student achievement, this report evaluates Project Challenge, a Tennessee Department of Education program to reduce at-risk student/teacher ratio in kindergarten through third grade classes in 17 rural Tennessee school systems. A summary of findings relating to the Student Teacher Achievement Ratio Project (Project STAR) and the Lasting Benefits Study is followed by discussion of the design and limitations of Project Challenge. The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) achievement test was used to evaluate student achievement, and Project Challenge students were compared with students from Tennessee's 138 school systems. Results showed that from 1990 to 1991, 9 of the 17 systems in Project Challenge improved their statewide rankings in reading, and 10 Project Challenge systems improved their statewide rankings in mathematics. Continuous study is recommended as a means of documenting definitive effects from reduced class size and related school practices on student achievement. Eight tables of data and two figures are included, and a sample classroom information survey is appended. (MM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Class Size, High Risk Students, Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Rural Schools, Teacher Student Ratio
Center for Research in Basic Skills, 330 10th Avenue North, Suite J-1, Nashville, TN 37203 ($10.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Univ., Nashville. Center of Excellence for Research in Basic Skills.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1