ERIC Number: ED447142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-17
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It's Time To Drop the Other Shoe: The Evidence on Teacher Aides.
Achilles, C. M.; Finn, Jeremy D.; Gerber, Susan; Zaharias, J. Boyd
This study examined the effects of teacher aides on students' academic achievement, addressing: whether the presence of a full-time aide in K-3 classrooms would affect student achievement; whether the presence of an aide in the primary grades would affect students' later academic achievement (grades 4, 6, and 8); and whether the nature of aide duties would affect student achievement. Data came from Project STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Ratio), a longitudinal study of the effects of class size and teacher aides on student performance. Researchers collected achievement test scores for students in grades K-3, 4, 6, and 8 and time logs and questionnaires completed by teacher aides in grades 1-3. Results indicated that teacher aides had little if any positive effect on classroom achievement. There was some indication that the presence of an aide may positively affect students' reading achievement in the primary years, but only for students with extended participation in classrooms with aides. Results found that the extent to which aides performed various types of duties did not affect student achievement. The researchers conclude that teacher aides are not a suitable substitute for small classes in the early grades. (Contains 47 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
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