Class-size reduction initiatives have been criticized for producing modest achievement gains for the resources they consume. Wisconsin’s Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) was designed to amplify the achievement benefits of smaller classes by requiring complementary changes in the teaching and learning environment and accountability for results. This study examined SAGE in an urban school district. The achievement benefits realized by the evaluand were marginalized by high per-student costs and similar performance of comparison groups on a state-mandated reading test. Suggestions for improving the cost-outcome relationship were presented.
Kiger, Derick M.
"Examining the Cost-Outcome Relationship of a Fortified Class-Size Reduction Program,"
Mid-Western Educational Researcher: Vol. 15:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/mwer/vol15/iss2/3