Do the benefits of smaller class sizes always equal the hype?
from Education World
Overcrowded classrooms are one of the biggest workplace headaches for teachers and many education experts argue for the benefits of smaller class sizes. Both the gains and drawbacks to smaller class sizes are touched upon in a 2017 study that looks at the push for smaller classes in New York City's public schools. The study's author, Michael Gilraine, isolated the effect of class size reductions in 473 of the city's schools, looking at third- through sixth-grade classes. He focused on classes that moved above or below the city's 32 student cap. When classes moved from 32 to 33 students a new teacher would have to be added, however, if they dropped down from 33 to 32 or under, no new teacher.
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