ERIC Number: ED463061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
All-Day Kindergarten and Class Size Reduction: Implementation Report.
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
All-day kindergarten and class size reduction are two Ohio initiatives funded through Disadvantaged Pupil Impact Aid (DPIA), a supplemental payment to school districts with substantial portions of families living in poverty. This report describes the extent to which districts implemented these programs and the challenges they faced during the first school year, 1998-1999. Findings indicated that school districts received the largest amount of DPIA funding for class size reduction, but actually spent most of their funds on all-day kindergarten. The number of all-day kindergarten programs dramatically increased in the 1998-1999 school year. The majority of districts implemented the class size reduction initiative by reducing the number of students in a classroom rather than using other options such as hiring aides or team-teaching. Parental support and the availability of certified teachers were the most beneficial factors in implementing these initiatives. Lack of adequate classroom space was the greatest barrier to implementing both initiatives. The focus on reducing the number of students per classroom quickly exhausted both space and available teachers in some districts. Insufficient funding was the second most frequently identified barrier to implementation of both initiatives. Although districts met or exceeded the 25 percent spending requirement for the 1998-1999 school year, very few spent their entire DPIA allocation on DPIA programs. School districts were unsure of the stability of DPIA funding and were reluctant to invest in additional teachers and facilities. The report's five appendices include information on the legislative history of Disadvantaged Pupil Impact Aid, a selected bibliography, and an overview of class size reduction policies and initiatives in 18 states. (KB)
Descriptors: Class Size, Educational Policy, Full Day Half Day Schedules, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Policy, State Legislation, State Programs
Legislative Office of Education Oversight, 77 South High St., 15th Floor, Columbus, OH 43266-0927. For full text: http://www.loeo.state.oh.us.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio