ERIC Number: ED449576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
The Cost of Class Size Reduction: Advice for Policymakers. RAND Graduate School Dissertation.
Reichardt, Robert E.
This dissertation provides information to state-level policymakers that will help them avoid two implementation problems seen in the past in California's class-size-reduction (CSR) reform. The first problem was that flat, per student reimbursement did not adequately cover costs in districts with larger pre-CSR class-sizes or smaller schools. The second problem in California was a decrease in the qualification level of the kindergarten through third grade teacher work force. The largest decreases were in schools with higher concentrations of low-income or minority students. To help policymakers understand the relationship between existing conditions at schools (enrollment, existing class size), policy choices (class-size goal, class-size measurement mechanisms), and costs, four simple rules of thumb were created through analysis of a simulation of CSR in seven Florida school districts. These rules of thumb and three other reimbursement strategies are evaluated for their ability to estimate adequately reimbursements for the costs of CSR. Findings indicate the California flat-reimbursement strategy was the least efficient. Strategies using district information on costs, class size, and enrollments were adequate for reimbursing districts. The rules of thumb were the most robust strategy for reimbursing schools. (Contains 9 pages of references.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, Policy Formation, Public Schools, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Employment, Teacher Student Ratio
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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