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ERIC Number: EJ896639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2719
Policy from the Hip: Class-Size Reduction in California
Schrag, Peter
Brookings Papers on Education Policy, p229-243 2006-2007
California was, and remains, the largest "experiment" in class-size reduction (CSR) in the country's history. Its sweeping program to reduce the state's classes in kindergarten through the third grade covered nearly 2 million students and dropped the average class size from almost twenty-nine students per class, and often a great many more, to twenty or fewer, and it sought to do so virtually overnight. It is a fascinating and instructive story: Did CSR improve student achievement or realize other gains commensurate with the sizable investment it required? Could far more impressive gains have been made if the program had been concentrated on disadvantaged and other at-risk students? In this article, the author discusses the CSR program and describes the California story--much of it a political story--but one that also raises deeper questions about the relationship of research to public policy. (Contains 35 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California