ERIC Number: ED436936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Early Implementation of the Class Size Reduction Initiative.
Illig, David C.
A survey of school districts was conducted to determine the initial progress and problems associated with the 1997 Class Size Reduction (CSR) Initiative. Data reveal that most school districts had enough space for smaller classes for at least two grade levels; small school districts were much less likely to report space constraints. The CSR did cause some collective bargaining problems for some districts concerning smaller class size costs curtailing teacher salary increases and workload concerns. Finally, the mandated CSR teacher training is being mostly conducted on an ad hoc basis with little attention being paid to core materials needed. Several policy issues are examined that could impede CSR's future progress. Issues include the ability of smaller classes to actually improve student performance, fading interest from parents and teachers, CSR funding eroding available funding for other programs, space constraints preventing equal implementation within school districts, and teacher supply increasing rapidly enough to prevent bottlenecks. An appendix provides summary information on the study's research sample. (GR)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Schools, School Space, School Surveys, State School District Relationship, Student School Relationship, Teacher Response
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Library, Sacramento. California Research Bureau.
Identifiers - Location: California