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Class Size Research: Priceless and Nearly Worthless
|Posted By: Dick Schutz on March 20, 2009|
|Without any consideration of the costs involved or any comparison with other alternatives for delivering transparent instructional accomplishments, the research is nearly worthless.|
In 1984, Heny Levin, Gene Glass and Gail Meister published an article that concluded “. . .the same cost outlay would provide almost four times as large an effect on reading and mathematics achievement through peer tutoring as through reducing class size or increasing instructional time.”
Today, with carefully selected instructional programs, that ratio would be increased exponentially. Yet what is currently being promoted as “reform”? You guessed it: reducing class size and increasing the length of the school day! Cross-age tutoring isn’t even on the scope.