ERIC Number: ED417459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Nevada's Class-Size Reduction Program. Nevada Revised Statutes 388.700-388.730: "Program To Reduce the Pupil-Teacher Ratio." Background Paper 97-7.
Sturm, H. Pepper
In 1989, the Nevada Legislature enacted the Class-Size Reduction (CSR) Act. The measure was designed to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio in the public schools, particularly in the earliest grades. The program was scheduled to proceed in several phases. The first step reduced the student-teacher ratio in selected kindergartens and first grade classes for 1990-1991 school years. The second step was designed to improve the second grade ratios; the 1991 Legislature made funds available for reducing the ratios to 16 to 1. The third grade phase was delayed until the 1996-97 fiscal year. Program costs are detailed, broken down by grade level, and the classroom configurations that have been employed are also described. Initial evaluation of the CSR program indicates that educators and parents were positive in their attitudes toward class-size reduction and that school districts reported fewer special education referrals. No exceptional results in achievement scores were reported. Subsequent studies of the program also produced mixed results, which it is believed reflect different teaching styles, maturity of students, and other factors. Special analysis of the program's impact on special-education referrals and grade retention are provided. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, Carson City.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada