Does Americans Child's Class Size Matter?

Reducing class sizes has long been championed as a way to improve outcomes for students.

Supporters – including many parents and teachers 

argue that smaller classes allow students to get more individual attention and result in better grades, 

better test scores and fewer disciplinary issues. 

But critics of class-size reduction efforts argue that such reforms simply take money away from other priorities without making a meaningful difference in children’s learning. 

Benefits and Challenges of Smaller Classe

Unlike other areas of education research, Ready says, there have been large-scale, randomized control trials 

generally considered the gold standard in research design – examining the effects of class-size reduction 

These studies found that smaller classes correlate with better test scores. 

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