ERIC Number: ED441912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Smaller Is Better: First-Hand Reports of Early Grade Class Size Reduction in New York City Public Schools.
Educational Priorities Panel, New York, NY.
The Educational Priorities Panel carried out a study of the first year of the class size reduction program for grades K-3 in the New York City public schools by visiting five schools throughout the city and interviewing the principal and at least two teachers involved in implementing the program at each school. In all, 17 interviews were conducted. This report is based on the accounts of these principals and teachers of the effects of smaller classes on their schools as well as test data from one school which indicated changes in student performance levels. On the whole, the class size reduction experience as reported by principals and teachers has been very positive. Teachers and principals have noted that students appear to learn faster and the quality of teaching appears to have been enhanced. Smaller classes allow teachers to do more frequent student evaluation and follow-up. Classroom participation and student enthusiasm appear to have increased. Fewer disciplinary referrals were made, and teacher morale improved. Some recommendations are made for strengthening the initiative, which appears to be a valuable reform and one that is focused on prevention instead of remediation. (SLD)
Descriptors: Class Size, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers, Interviews, Primary Education, Principals, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Small Classes, Urban Schools
Educational Priorities Panel, 225 Broadway Suite 3101, New York, NY 10007 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Caroline and Sigmund Schott Foundation, Cambridge, MA.
Authoring Institution: Educational Priorities Panel, New York, NY.