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THE EFFECTS OF CLASS SIZE ON STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN A RURAL STATE

A Dissertation Presented by Michael Kornfeld to The Faculty of the Graduate College of The University of Vermont

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education Specializing in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

February, 2010

Accepted by the Faculty of the Graduate College, The University of Vermont, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education specializing in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Dissertation Examination Committee:

Advisor

Sean M. Hurley, Ph.D.

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Patricia A. Stokowski, Ph.D.

Chairperson

Patricia A. Stokowski, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Graduate College

Date: November 30, 2009

ABSTRACT The thesis addresses the relationship of class size to student performance in a rural state. It presents findings from a longitudinal study of a cohort of students who were tested with state assessments at grade 4 in 2000, again at grade 8 in 2004 and, finally at grade 10 in 2006. Graduation rates for five large-class sized schools and five small-class sized school populations were established in 2008. All scores (n=1137) were matched across time enabling students from similar socioeconomic backgrounds from schools that were considered small (average class size, n=11) to schools that were large (average, n= 20). The paper’s focus is on the extent that students from schools that maintained large and small classes differed in selected opportunities to learn and educational outcomes. The approach to the study utilized both large scale state databases for student backgrounds and outcomes and interviews with school personnel in order to identify school policy and practices that might be linked to performance differences. The primary goal of this research study was to...

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