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A Parent's Guide to Class Size Reduction


Authors:   Art Hood

Reducing the number of students in a class, especially in the early grades, is one approach educators have taken to improve student achievement. Class size reduction programs have been implemented at the state, district, and individual school levels. This publication defines class size reduction, provides an overview of class size reduction research, lets parents know what to expect from a class size reduction program, and answers frequently asked questions. It offers information for a variety of audiences parents primarily, but also policymakers and state-, district-, and school-level educators.

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Publisher: SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Number of pages: 15
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parents, policymakers, administrators, teachers

Key Ideas:

  • Class size reduction programs lower the number of students in a classroom, typically, in the range of 15 to 18 students, and are generally implemented in the primary grades (K-3).
  • Class size reduction in the early grades can improve academic achievement for all students and particularly for low-income and minority students.
  • Class size reduction implementation can be challenging, as it may require more teachers or a change of teacher responsibilities, more classroom space, and additional materials.

Ways to use:

  • To understand the impact of class-size reduction. 
  • To understand what parents can expect from their school's class size reduction program.
  • To answer frequently asked questions about class size reduction.


APA Citation:

Hood, A. (2003). A Parent's Guide to Class Size Reduction. Greensboro, NC: SERVE Center.

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