ERIC Number: ED446820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of a Reduced Class Size Program, Grades 1 & 2, 1999/2000. Evaluation Report.
Kurecka, Paul; Claus, Richard N.
During 1999/2000, the Saginaw, Michigan public schools implemented a reduced class size program in grades 1 and 2. At grade 1 (23 rooms), reduced-size classes were maintained at no more than 18 pupils; at grade 2 (5 rooms), the limit was 21 pupils. Comparison classes were identified to assess the impact of the program. Students in both conditions were included in analyses of reading and math achievement and rates of special education placement, attendance, and promotion. At grade 1, no significant differences between the groups were found at the beginning or end of the year in reading or math. Similarly, no differences were found in any of the above-mentioned rates. At grade 2, students in reduced-size classes evidenced greater performance in reading (text leveling) at the end of the year; however, no pre-test was conducted on text leveling. In mathematics, the reduced-size class condition demonstrated higher performance at the end of the year. As with grade 1, there were no significant differences on other measures. (Concludes with recommendations to improve the assessment process. Appendices contain test results.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.