ERIC Number: ED454287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Class-Size Reduction Evaluation, 1999-2000. A Report to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Scudder, David F.
The effectiveness of the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), North Carolina, plan to reduce class size was evaluated, assessing program implementation and the effects of class size reduction on academic achievement. For the 1999-2000 school year, North Carolina received federal funds targeting class size reduction under the Class Size Reduction Program (CSRP), and an allocation was made to the WCPSS of approximately $1.1 million. The objective was approached by hiring as many fully qualified teachers as possible, establishing implementation models, and determining the grade levels to target. Twenty-three teachers were supported by CSRP funds, and they were sent to 23 schools where between 21.6 and 51.1% of students received free or reduced-price lunches and between 50 and 117 students per school were considered low-achieving. District staff developed four implementation models, and schools were asked to implement class size reduction in grades 1 or 2, with the preferred model being the introduction of a new class of about equal size to other classes in the target grade. Reduced class sizes thus affected about 2,473 students. Students did show improvement in academic achievement, with improved growth greatest where class size was smallest. However, low-income students appeared to benefit less from class size reduction, even though their achievement improved to some extent. Some departures from the implementation plan were found, and some suggestions are presented for better implementation in the next school year. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Class Size, Educational Change, Federal Aid, Primary Education, Program Implementation
For full text: http://www.wcpss.net/evaluation-research.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina