Research shows that smaller classes can improve student performance
October 31, 2003
In "Class Size: Counting Students Can Count," Research Points presents what is known about class size. Most education research has confirmed that small classes yield benefits. However, while there is strong evidence of academic improvement during the first two years spent in a small class, there is more ambiguity about the value of additional years.
For minority students, small classes can shrink the achievement gap and lead to reduced grade retention, fewer disciplinary actions, less dropping out, and more college-entrance test taking.
Examining the cost of small classes, Research Points reports that shifting resources away from ineffective educational interventions, such as extra teachers in a school who do not have regular class assignments, can minimize the net expenditure.
According to research outlined in Research Points, small classes--for maximum effect--should meet these five conditions:
To read Class Size: Counting
Students Can Count, visit http://www.aera.net/pubs/rp
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