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It's unclear if slight rise in Texas class size would hurt learning

from The Dallas Morning News

Many Texas educators complain about state legislators' recent recommendations to scrap the cap on elementary school classes. "With this smaller group you can touch students more," said Mary Ann Weaver, a math teacher from Allen's Vaughan Elementary School in Allen, Texas. The most comprehensive assessment dates back just as far as the Texas law, to a four-year study that tracked more than 7,000 Tennessee students from kindergarten through third grade. The study found classes with 13 to 17 students performed better than classes with 22 to 25 students, even when the larger classes had a teacher's aide. A follow-up showed students from the smaller classes succeeding more later in life. more


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