Submitted by Jean Simers

The Class Size Reduction Program, a federal program started in 1999, has provided funds to hire additional teachers in grades 1 through 3. The smaller class size has resulted in increased achievement for students.

Pleasant Hill School was able to hire an additional teacher in second grade for the 1999-2000 school year, an additional teacher in first grade for the 2000-2001 school year, and an additional teacher in second grade for the current (2001-2002) school year.

Arnoldsburg School was able to employ an additional teacher at the second grade level for the 2000-01 school year and an additional teacher in third grade for the current (2001-02) school year decreasing the pupil/teacher ratio drastically.

Test data has shown that 94.4% of the second grade students at Pleasant Hill and 82% of the second grade students at Arnoldsburg School showed academic improvement on the SAT9 tests in the spring of 2001. This improvement, in part, is due to the class-size reduction program which allows children more personalized and effective instruction.

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