ERIC Number: ED430943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Some Connections between Class Size and Student Successes.
Achilles, C. M.; Finn, J. D.
This paper summarizes class size research conducted primarily since 1970. The paper discusses various relevant issues for use in policy, in schools, and in additional research. Several studies over the years have focused on: the issue of small being better and less being more and emphasized the STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Ratio) education experiment; controversy over use of the STAR findings; harmful and beneficial effects of small class size; costs of small class size; commonsense issues related to class size (i.e., teachers know that they can teach better in small classes, and parents get very involved in schools with small classes); teacher aide effects and class size research; class size and school safety; school-wide remedial projects and class size effects; and the federal policy debate about class size (which is shifting slightly toward smaller classes). (Contains 43 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Center for Developmental Learning (New Orleans, LA, February 8-10, 1999). Document contains small type throughout.