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ERIC Number: EJ869858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0740-7874
A Study on the Effects of Smaller Class Size on Student Achievement
Watts, Rebecca S.; Georgiou, Andrea
ERS Spectrum, v26 n4 p21-30 Fall 2008
Since the passage of No Child Left Behind, schools have been looking for resources that are proven, through research, to improve student achievement. The purpose of this article is to determine if there is a relationship between class size and student achievement among 137 school systems in Tennessee. The authors provide a review of the literature on student achievement, including studies on the Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR) and the National Child Development Study (NCDS). Using a hierarchical regression analysis, the authors examined four achievement measures, controlling for the influence of socioeconomic background. The authors conclude that economic background has a greater influence on academic achievement of elementary school students in Tennessee than high school students; and that after controlling for socioeconomic status, the student-teacher ratio was not significantly related to the four achievement measures. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001