Reducing class sizes—a popular policy among parents, teachers, and lawmakers—has long been viewed as a way to increase student achievement.
But while shrinking the number of students in a class can lead to higher test scores overall, it might not necessarily reduce the achievement gaps that exist between students in a given classroom, a new study suggests.
Reviewing data from Project STAR—a longitudinal research study on class-size reduction in Tennessee and the most famous experiment on the topic—Spyros Konstantopoulos, an assistant professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., said that it’s “tempting” to think that having fewer students assigned to a teacher will reduce the…
The rest of the article is for subscribers only. Class size reduction was (and is) the biggest scam since “whole language.” Give a dedicated teacher a class of 30 with some good discipline and a good curricullum, and they will outperfrom 3 classes of 10 kids using today’s content free drivel.
hat tip Illinois Review