Benefits Of Small Class Size

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The incessant push for smaller class sizes is a result of extensive research conducted over various years. Research supports an overall positive impact, from additional attention for students by teacher that can lead to lower retention numbers, and more efficient special need referrals, to more active student participation and a higher morale due to a more efficient educational environment.
It has been proven time and again that not all children, persons for that matter, have the ability to understand material at the same pace, which requires (a) additional time on material as a class (b) rendering a limited time of attention to certain individuals (CTA, “Class Size Reduction”). Consequently, the time spent in either option a or b impacts
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Research conducted by the National Education Association reports that detection of learning disabilities is a benefit of small class sizes, which results in fewer placements in special education, or in other words more efficient placement (Class Size Reduction: A Proven Reform Strategy, 3). Fewer placements also decreases funds misspent on misdiagnose students and allows for better use of future spending.
Smaller class sizes are more manageable and allow for individual attention that can lead to teachers’ detection of students in need of more or individualized help (Jepsen, 3). Due to more manageable class sizes students are less likely to be retained than students in regular size classes (Illig, “Literature Review). Manageable class sizes also allow for a manageable workload, as teachers spent great deal of their time, mostly personal time, grading homework or attempting to accommodate lesson plans (Class Size Reduction: A Proven Reform Strategy,
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Students that are part of small class sizes have been reported as being more actively engaged when moving to their next grade level (Illig, “Findings). Furthermore, the racial achievement gap was also reported as having been reduced in grades K-3 (ass Size Reduction: A Proven Reform Strategy, 3). In fact, many educational gains have been reported as a result of smaller class sizes, with the greatest impact being on low income students (CTA, “Research: Class Size Does Matter”). In a 2002 research report, released by the Public Policy Institute of California, “significant test score gains” were achieved by third graders in small classes, increasing 14 percent in math and 9 percent in reading (CTA, “Research: Class Size Does

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