"Class Size: What Research Says and What it Means for State Policy"
Only very large reductions in class size—cuts on the order of seven to 10 students per class—are likely to lead to significant long-term effects on student achievement, a new research synthesis says.
The review by the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy notes that while 24 states, in recent decades, have either mandated class-size reductions or offered incentives for schools to shrink classes, many of those initiatives may not be worth the cost because the average class-size reductions aren’t large enough to make much difference in student achievement.
The analysis by the Washington-based think tank also points to research suggesting that other improvement efforts, such as cross-age tutoring or computer-aided instruction, may yield more bang for the buck.
Vol. 30, Issue 31, Page 5Published in Print: May 18, 2011, as Class Size