Class size and students at risk: what is known? what is next?
Jeremy D. Finn, National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment (U.S.), National Institute on the Education of At-risk Students (U.S.)
National Institute on the Education of At-risk Students, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Dept. of Education, 1998 - Education - 38 pages
An overview of recent research on the effects of class size, particularly in the early grades, kindergarten through grade 3, on the academic performance and behavior of students at risk. It emphasizes one recent large-scale investigation, Tennessee's Project STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Ratio). This report is more evaluative than most reviews of research, emphasizing the strengths and weaknesses of the studies cited. Chapters: research on the academic effects of small class size; assessing the costs and benefits of smaller classes; instructional practice and student behavior; and research priorities. References.
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