ERIC Number: ED472493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-12
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Implementation of Federal Class Size Reduction in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Gilstrap, Samuel C.
An evaluation was conducted of the implementation of the Federal Class Size Reduction (FCSR) Program in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), California. The evaluation included assessment of the extent to which eighth grade language arts and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have been reduced to a 20:1 student-teacher ratio during the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 academic years, the progress of plans to augment the District Reading plan with additional literacy coaches, and progress in addressing the support needs of emergency-permitted teachers who were not currently benefiting from any district programs. Data were collected from various sources, notably school district records. An examination of spring semester 2001 enrollment data showed that roughly 70% of all core English courses are at 20:1 or less, with most remaining classes at or below a 29:1 ration. The 20:1 ratio was also evident for intermediate and advanced ESL classes with remaining classes at or below 29:1. The district was found to be successful in supplying literacy coaches in most schools, but there was less than an exact match between services and teacher needs. A questionnaire administered to a random sample of teachers with emergency permits showed that most teachers find working full time as a new teacher while completing university requirements to be tremendously challenging. The report recommends some ways to meet the needs of these new teachers. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA. Program Evaluation and Research Branch.