ERIC Number: ED472824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
How Class Size Makes a Difference. Research & Development.
Egelson, Paula; Harman, Patrick; Hood, Art; Achilles, C. M.
Landmark studies in the late 1970s and 1980s, including Tennessee's Project STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Ratio), raised the nation's awareness that reduced class size does have a positive impact on students' academic achievement. This report provides a sketch of class-size reduction's history in a prefatory overview. Chapter 1 describes Tennessee's Project STAR, including the program's planning and implementation stages, and results. Chapter 2 describes state-level class-size reduction (CSR) initiatives, including Wisconsin's Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program, California's CSR program, and the U.S. Department of Education's CSR program. In chapter 3, recent CSR initiatives in the SERVE (Southeastern Regional Vision for Education) region--Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina--are described. Chapter 4 lays out SERVE's CSR research at the state, district, and school levels. Chapter 5 presents conclusions of SERVE's research, and provides recommendations in planning, implementing, and designing CSR programs. Future research should include investigating how highly effective teachers maximize the achievement benefit of CSR, how to conduct creative CSR funding, and how successful CSR strategies can be implemented. An appendix lists website resources on CSR. The report concludes with a description of SERVE. (Contains 59 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Class Size, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Descriptions, Small Classes, Teacher Student Ratio
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SERVE: SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education, Greensboro, NC.