ERIC Number: EJ759441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-23
Reference Count: N/A
Nearly a Decade into Small-Class Law, California Educators Love Imperfect Effort
Sack, Joetta L.
Education Week, v24 n24 p1, 28 Feb 2005
When California set out nearly 10 years ago to reduce class sizes in the early grades, educators nationwide looked West with awe and envy at the ambitious move to ease the task of teaching millions of the state's youngest students. In this article, the author examines the effects of California's class-size reduction program. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, who wrote the class-size legislation when he was a Democratic state senator, is convinced that the modest gains in state test scores in recent years have been a direct result of class-size reduction. Some researchers say the smaller classes raise class sizes in upper grades. Even with the class-size program, California had an average of 27.4 students per class in the 2003-04 school year, according to state data.
Descriptors: Class Size, State Standards, School Restructuring, Achievement Gains, Program Effectiveness, Educational Assessment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California