ERIC Number: ED477127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Class-Size Reduction Program Evaluation, 2001-02. A Report to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
In 2001-2002, 23 schools in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), North Carolina, were provided with 40 teacher positions through the Class Size Reduction Program (CSR). Achievement results for students in reduced class sizes were compared with those of similar students in other CSR schools who did not choose the same grade for the project (keeping school and student demographics similar). At grades 1 and 2, WCPSS K-2 Literacy and Mathematics Assessments were compared pre (spring 2001) and post (spring 2002). These analyses yielded mixed results: (1) an increase in the percentage of students meeting the reading-book-level standards was greater for student in the reduced-size classes at grade 2 but not at grade 1; and (2) an increase in the percentage of students meeting the mathematics standards was greater for students in the reduced-size classes at grade 1 but not at grade 2. As in the previous year at grade 3, the North Carolina End-of-Grade fall pretest and spring posttest data indicate that, controlling for differences in pretest scores and free and reduced price lunch status of students, there were no significant differences in reading and mathematics achievement between students in reduced-size classes and those in regular-sized classes. AS in previous years, WCPSS generally did not reach a class size of 18, the goal of the enabling legislation, and it was again recommended that schools receiving 2 CSR teacher positions should place 2 teachers at the same grade level to reduce class sizes at a single grade. Three attachments contain tables of class achievement data. (Contains 15 tables.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Class Size, Educational Change, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Primary Education, Program Implementation
For full text: http://www.wcpss.net/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.