Will student achievement be hurt by larger classes?

08/25/2010 | USA Today

Many students are returning to larger classes this year because of budget cuts and teacher layoffs, but research is inconclusive about how class size affects student learning. A 1985 study that found disadvantaged kindergarten and first-grade students learned more in smaller classes prompted a broad push to reduce class sizes, but those moves have resulted in few achievement gains. "It probably makes sense ... to focus not so much on class sizes but on making sure that the teachers you are keeping are really effective," one researcher said.

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