The False Promise of Class-Size Reduction

Matthew M. Chingos
April 20, 2011

Class-size
reduction, or CSR, is enormously popular with parents, teachers, and the public
in general. The latest poll results indicate that 77 percent of Americans think
that additional educational dollars should be spent on smaller classes rather
than higher teacher salaries. Many parents believe that their children will
benefit from more individualized attention in a smaller class and many teachers
find smaller classes easier to manage.  However
there is surprisingly little
high-quality research on the effects of class size on student achievement
in the United States. The credible evidence that does exist is not consistent,
and there are many low-quality studies with results all over the map.  Click the link below for the full article and the full report.


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