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Class size and student achievement: Resources

The following organizations offer information on class size and student achievement. (Note that if you select an organization's web site link, you will leave the Center for Public Education web site.)

The SERVE Center for Continuous Improvement
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
915 Northridge St.
Second Floor
Greensboro, NC 27403
Phone: (800)755-3277
Website: www.serve.org

The SERVE Center supports the continuous improvement of education for all learners in the Southeastern United States and operates the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Southeast, providing research-based information and services around the United States. Resources and publications on class size reduction programs include How Class Size Makes a Difference, A Parent's Guide to Class Size Reduction, Longitudinal Findings from a District's Reduced Class-Size Initiative, and Observing Life in Small Class-Size Classrooms.

Health and Education Research Operative Services
PO Box 1271
Lebanon, TN  37088
Phone: 615-449-7904
Website: www.heros-inc.org/star.htm

HEROS is a nonprofit organization that evaluates and assesses programs for children, families, and communities. HEROS conducted the original four-year evaluation of Tennessee’s Project Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio (Project STAR). The data collected through this evaluation was made public and many researchers have conducted additional analyses, usually to determine if the smaller class sizes were more effective for subgroups of students (e.g., minority students, low income students.)

Student Achievement Guarantee in Education Program (SAGE)
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 S. Webster Street
Madison, WI  53707
Phone: 800-441-4563
Website: www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/oea/sage/index.html

The Student Achievement Guarantee in Education Program (SAGE) has four components: reduced class sizes (no more than 15 students to 1 teacher in grades K-3), collaboration between schools and communities, implementation of a rigorous curriculum, and a new professional development and staff evaluation program. An ongoing evaluation of the program has been conducted since its inception and continues to show increased student achievement for students in classrooms with smaller class sizes.

 Class Size Matters
124 Waverly Place
New York, NY  10011
Phone: 212-674-7320
Website: www.classsizematters.org
Email: leonie@at.net

Class Size Matters is a grass roots organization of parents and others concerned with the large classes sizes in New York State, and specifically, New York City. In advocating for and promoting smaller class sizes, the organization disseminates information related to the benefits of smaller class sizes and lobbies for policy changes to ensure small class sizes are available for students.


Posted: June 27, 2005

©2005 Center for Public Education

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