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ERIC Number: ED536518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
What the Research Tells Us: Class Size Reduction. Information Capsule. Volume 1001
Romanik, Dale
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
This Information Capsule examines the background and history in addition to research findings pertaining to class size reduction (CSR). This Capsule concludes that although educational researchers have not definitively agreed upon the effectiveness of CSR, given its almost universal public appeal, there is little doubt it is here to stay in some form. That is not to say CSR does not benefit student achievement particularly in the primary grades, but rather the effects may be small and the optimism of educators regarding CSR should be tempered with the real world problems to which it is directly and indirectly associated. If large-scale CSR programs lead to lower teacher quality which in turn leads to negative impact on student achievement, this may offset any positive gains of smaller classes and therefore greatly reduce the effectiveness of CSR. The most prominent among its drawbacks appears to be high cost and the lack of cost effectiveness. These issues of course take on additional significance given the current economic climate. Some experts claim improvements in teacher quality and restructuring teacher preparation programs are more cost effective alternatives. These topics will be addressed in a future Information Capsule prepared by Research Services.
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 1450 NE Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132. Tel: 305-995-1000; Fax: 305-995-7521; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Tennessee; Wisconsin