ERIC Number: ED435778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reducing Class Size in America's Urban Schools.
This report provides information on how federal funding is being used to reduce class size and to spur academic achievement in U.S. urban schools, focusing on the federal Class Size Reduction Program signed into law in 1998. Data from surveys of 40 members of the Council of the Great City Schools, a coalition of the U.S.'s largest urban public school systems, indicated the following: approximately 3,558 new teachers have been hired in these large school districts with new federal class size funding; about 7,762 new teachers have received professional development with new federal class size funding; all 40 districts hired new teachers with the federal class size funding; new urban teachers were hired for grades 1-3 in the critical shortage areas of literacy, mathematics, bilingual education, and special education; and the class size programs in responding urban districts have also leveraged state and local resources to reduce class size and improve teaching skills. This report includes descriptions of ways that some urban school districts are using the federal class size reduction funds to improve student achievement. Three appendixes offer Class Size Reduction survey results, Class Size Reduction Program PL 105-277, and the Class Size Reduction Program survey. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.