Deseret News best of 2012: Excellence in education

Published: Thursday, Dec. 27 2012 11:09 p.m. MST

Sizing up the need to cut class sizes in public schools Next » 8 of 10 « Prev
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Among parents and teachers, class size reduction is a popular approach to raising student achievement. Large-scale studies link small classes to improved teacher morale, an 18 percent higher graduation rate for low-income students and a two-thirds reduction in the black-white achievement gap. However, reducing class size from 30 to 20 means hiring 50 percent more teachers at an average cost of $39,000 — an expensive measure anytime, but especially challenging during a recession.

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Mcallen, TX

Every year or two, some new research based idea pops up. Then extra funding is needed to implement it.

It's just words that sound good. What kind of experiences do children get from sitting in a chair forty hours a week, or learning test taking strategies?

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