Do students do better in smaller classes?
Overall, research shows that students in smaller classes perform better in all subjects and on all assessments when compared to their peers in larger classes.
However, for minority and at-risk students as well as those who struggle with English literacy, smaller classes enhance academic performance.
Do class sizes matter?
Class size matters. Research supports the common-sense notion that children learn more and teachers are more effective in smaller classes. The payoff from class-size reduction is greater for low-income and minority children, while any increases in class size will likely be most harmful to these populations.
Does class size affect student achievement?
We have found that small class size does in fact impact student achievement. It also impacts the overall culture and success of an organization and through creative assessment and teacher scheduling, can be possible for many school types.
What is the maximum number of students allowed per class in Florida?
In 2002, Florida voters approved an amendment to the state constitution mandating the limits. The law caps the number of students in core classes, such as English, to 18 students in prekindergarten through third grade, 22 students in grades four to eight and 25 students in grades nine to 12.