ERIC Number: ED497644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 13
Class Size: Counting Students Can Count. Research Points, Volume 1, Number 2, Fall 2003
Resnick, Lauren B., Ed.; Zurawsky, Chris, Ed.
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Most education research has confirmed that small classes yield benefits. Research also has revealed nuances about how and when small classes will work best, where an investment will result in maximum return, and exactly how many students a "small" class should have. The details of these findings can help policymakers strike a practical balance between making classes smaller and breaking the bank in budget-conscious times. It is important to understand that, while small classes can deliver lasting benefits, especially for minority and low-income students, they are not a cure-all for low academic achievement, and they may not always be the best use of scarce resources. In weighing the pros and cons of a class-size reduction plan, policymakers will want to measure the costs of class-size reduction against other possible uses of the same funds.
Descriptors: Class Size, Small Classes, Educational Environment, Low Achievement, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Cost Effectiveness, Teacher Student Ratio, Minority Groups, White Students
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.