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ERIC Number: ED476106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-23
Pages: 21
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Summary of an Analysis of Pupil-Teacher Ratio and Class Size: Differences That Make a Difference and Its Implications on Staffing for Class-Size Reduction.
Sharp, Mark A.
The purpose of this paper was to share findings from an earlier study and to provide a framework for administrators to use in the implementation of class-size reduction (CSR) in their buildings. The study examined actual and average class size (CS), pupil-teacher ratios (PTR), and their differences. A primary goal was to clarify the ramifications of this for educational leaders. Another purpose of the study was to clarify the referents for the two concepts, CS and PTR. The study consisted of seven components that included analyses of research, literature, and several specific studies. The data from the research and the results of one of the studies (a feasibility study) suggest that staffs in many schools could reduce CS by reexamining the present allocation of human and financial resources. The paper is divided into three sections: (1) a summary of the original study; (2) understanding CS and PTR differences and using these differences to reduce CS at the K-3 grade levels; and (3) a model for reallocation of human and financial resources to allow for CSR. Appended is a class-size and pupil-teacher-ratio analysis instrument. (Contains 26 references.) (AUTHOR/WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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