This publication examines resource issues related to successful class size reduction program implementation. The finance guide provides definitions of class size reduction terminology with implications for understanding class size research, guidelines for financing class size reduction implementation, case studies of successful class size reduction implementations at little or no extra expenditure, and a summary of class size reduction cost-benefit considerations. It also includes a comprehensive bibliography.
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- Class size reduction in the early grades can improve academic achievement for all students and particularly for low-income and minority students.
- Class size and pupil-teacher ratios are not the same thing.
- Class size reduction can often be accomplished at little to no extra cost if the administrators know and correctly use the research and are committed and creative in their funding efforts.
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- To guide the financing of class size reduction implementation
- To aid in judging and using class size research to improve schools for students
Achilles, C. (2005). Financing class size reduction. Greensboro, NC: Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast.
How Class Size Makes a Difference
This publication summarizes the major class size reduction research to date and offers recommendations for program implementation.