ERIC Number: ED379381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
A School System at Risk: A Study of the Consequences of Overcrowding in New York City Public Schools. IUME Research Report No. 95-1.
Rivera-Batiz, Francisco L.; Marti, Lilian
This research report presents data showing that overcrowding in the New York City public schools is having significantly negative effects on instruction and learning in the system. The impact is particularly strong in schools that have a high proportion of students of low socioeconomic background, where overcrowding is sharply linked to lower achievement. In New York City, enrollment growth has been quick and is occurring at all grade levels. Ninety-one of 111 high schools (82 percent) were operating above their capacity in 1993-94, and 415 of 774 (56 percent) elementary school buildings were above their capacities. Data from the Board of Education document the overcrowding, and a study of four overcrowded schools (130 percent above utilization rate) with surveys of 213 teachers and 599 students, indicates attitudes toward school crowding. Both students and teachers feel deeply affected by overcrowding, with many considering it the most serious issue facing the schools. Both students and teachers feel overwhelmed, discouraged, and often disgusted. Four tables present study findings. (Contains 17 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A