Friday, October 24th, 2014

Class Size Plays Significant Role In How Well Students Do In School

As school districts across Arizona continue to cope with dwindling budgets, new research examines the impact of class size and the role that crowded classrooms can play in students' educational outcomes. In a new policy brief, Associate Professor at Northwestern University Diane Schanzenbach points out that having a manageable class size really does make a difference in how well students do in school.
 
Her research says student-teacher ratios in public schools fell steadily over the past 40 years, but that trend has changed recently. In the last five years, the average class size in the U.S. has increased 5%, to almost 22 students per classroom. The National Center for Education Statistics says the average class size in Arizona is just over 21 students.

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