Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Some Achievement Gap Data

Alan Krueger, a labor economist and president Obama's nominee to chair the Council of Economic Advisors, really is an education expert...he's done some significant studies of various issues, like class size differentials and their affects on the achievement gap.

I know it's a difficult budget climate, but that doesn't change findings like these:

Smaller classes (13-17, instead of 22-25), from K to 3, improved black student test scores 7 to 10 percentile points, which was far better than white student improvement.

Smaller K to 3 classes ended up in more black students taking college entrance exams.  The black-white college exam gap decreased by 60 percent following the smaller class size experience.

I'm not making a policy suggestion...I'm just presenting the data.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tacoma has some very low student to teacher ratios and I'm not seeing much bang for the buck.

Heck, when you look at Geiger elementary the ratio is 11.3 to one, and the test scores for 2010-2011 are in the toilet. For 3 grade reading, zero students made a level 4. For 3 grade math, one student made a level 4.

Clearly, low student to teacher ratios aren't doing much for these kids.