ERIC Number: ED354992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Lasting Benefits Study. A Continuing Analysis of the Effect of Small Class Size in Kindergarten through Third Grade on Student Achievement Test Scores in Subsequent Grade Levels: Fifth Grade. Technical Report.
Nye, Barbara A.; And Others
Between 1985 and 1989, the Student Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR) Project studied the effect of class size on student achievement in Tennessee schools. The study examined: (1) small classes of 13 to 17 students per teacher; (2) regular classes of 22 to 25 students per teacher; and (3) regular classes with a teacher's aide. The sample included students from kindergarten through third grade at inner-city, rural, urban, and suburban schools. Results showed achievement benefits for students from small classes over students from the other classes. A Lasting Benefits Study (LBS) is being conducted to determine if these achievement gains are maintained in later grades. This report discusses the LBS findings for fifth grade students. A standardized test battery measured the achievement in reading, language, math, science, and social studies of 4,649 students who had participated in Project STAR. Results indicated that students who had been in a Project STAR small class showed statistically significant advantages over students in the other class types on all achievement measures. A bibliography of 14 books is provided. Appendices define the school types studied in Project STAR and the LBS, and tabulate fifth grade students' mean scores on achievement measures in the LBS. (PM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Class Size, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Language Arts, Longitudinal Studies, Mathematics, Minority Groups, Small Classes, Teacher Student Ratio, White Students
Publication Sales, Center for Research in Basic Skills, Tennessee State University, 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: Basic Skills.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee