ERIC Number: ED423604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on California's Class-Size Reduction: Smaller Classes Aim To Launch Early Literacy.
Smaller class sizes in California were viewed as a way to improve K-3 education, especially in the area of literacy. The urgency to act prompted state leaders to adopt class-size reduction (CSR) without knowing for sure that it would work and without establishing a formal procedure for evaluating the program. This report looks at past research on smaller class sizes and the finding that smaller classes do not automatically lead to higher achievement. It details the importance of combining CSR with teacher support and explains that quick-fix training, a shortage of bilingual teachers in California, and the influx of new teachers present their own set of problems. CSR must be part of a comprehensive approach in which schools plan creatively and comprehensively to make CSR part of a larger effort to improve instruction. Promising strategies include the use of ongoing community dialogue, the imaginative use of new and existing resources, and new kinds of collaboration with higher education, the community, and other school districts. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California