ERIC Number: ED465837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Class Size Reduction in a Large Urban School District: A Mixed Methodology Evaluation Research Study.
Munoz, Marco A.
This study evaluated the Class Size Reduction (CSR) program in 34 elementary schools in Kentucky's Jefferson County Public Schools. The CSR program is a federal initiative to help elementary schools improve student learning by hiring additional teachers. Qualitative data were collected using unstructured interviews, site observations, and document analysis. The data examined the impact of CSR on students, teachers, and parental involvement. A management-oriented evaluation model was used to conduct the quantitative or outcome part of the study. The continuous assessment system of Jefferson county and the state of Kentucky provided data collection and instruments. Students were matched by schools with similar socioeconomic characteristics, schools that participated in the assessment at the beginning and end of the school year, and schools having both regular and reduced class size. Results indicated that after the 1-year intervention in third grade, the CSR program did not increase student learning as measured by mathematics and reading standardized tests. Typical implementation strategies used were self-contained classrooms with fewer students and collaborative models with small group activities. The CSR resulted in higher teacher job satisfaction and morale and higher parent participation levels. (Contains 36 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.