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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SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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parents, policymakers, administrators, teachers
- 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.
Hood, A. (2003). A Parent's Guide to Class Size Reduction. Greensboro, NC: SERVE Center.
Financing Class Size Reduction
This publication examines resource issues related to successful class size reduction program implementation. The finance guide provides definitions of class size reduction terminology with implications for understanding class size research, guidelines for financing class size reduction implementatio ...