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ERIC Number: EJ896640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2719
International Evidence on Expenditures and Class Size: A Review
Woessmann, Ludger
Brookings Papers on Education Policy, p245-272 2006-2007
In the United States, evidence abounds on the effects of expenditures and class size on student achievement, but often it is controversial. In other parts of the world, hard evidence is not as easy to come by, mostly because of data limitations. But over the years, testing agencies have started to collect data on student performance and family background and on school resources in countries around the world, allowing a look at the association between school resources and student achievement in different international settings. This paper reviews what can be learned from international student achievement tests such as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) exams in terms of the effects of expenditures and class size on student achievement. The paper first reviews aggregate international evidence on the association between educational expenditures and student performance and then international student-level evidence on the effects of class size. The paper closes with a brief analysis of the association between teacher quality and class-size effects, as well as brief conclusions. (Contains 7 figures and 49 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment