ERIC Number: ED454364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Class-Size Reduction Program, PL 105-277: 1999-2000 Evaluation.
This report presents data from the 1999-2000 Detroit Public Schools Class-Size Reduction (CSR) Program Teacher, Administrator, and Parent Survey. The CSR Program promoted district-wide opportunities to reduce class size in grades 1-3. Thirty schools received from 3-15 additional teachers in order to reduce class size to a 17:1 teacher-student ratio. Over-enrolled schools implemented team-teaching to reduce teacher-student ratios. Survey items examined respondents' perspectives on the effectiveness of the CSR Program on student learning, professional development, and teacher-student support. The CSR program was well-received by all three groups. Over half of CSR teachers had previously taught in grades K-3, and 66.7 percent had team taught in the same classroom but with different students. Over half of teachers and administrators agreed that student achievement and teacher morale improved as a result of CSR. Nearly 40 percent of teachers felt better about the effectiveness of parent contacts. All three groups appreciated that CSR resulted in individualized instruction, decreased discipline problems, and better monitoring of student progress. Problems did arise as a result of CSR, which included classroom space, wall separations, and new teachers hired without proper training. Six appendixes present the three surveys and teacher, administrator, and parent survey responses. (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Class Size, Parent Attitudes, Primary Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Ratio, Team Teaching
Office of Research, Evaluation,and Assessment, Detroit Public Schools, 5035 Woodward Avenue, Room 110, Detroit, MI 48202-9943.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.