Last Updated:
10/02/22 2:00AM
Status:
Draft

Class Size Reduction

Law requiring public schools to have a 1 teacher to 18 student maximum ratio for core subjects.

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This proposal is still in a draft state. Help shape the future of this proposal by sharing any thoughts.
Bullet Points
  • Increased individual attention: Smaller class sizes allow teachers to give more individual attention to each student. This facilitates better understanding of students' strengths and weaknesses, leading to tailored instruction and targeted support where needed.
  • Improved student engagement: With fewer students in a class, there is more opportunity for active participation and interaction. Students are more likely to engage in discussions, ask questions, and collaborate with their peers, fostering a deeper level of learning and critical thinking.
  • Enhanced academic achievement: Research consistently shows that smaller class sizes have a positive impact on academic achievement. Students in smaller classes tend to outperform their peers in larger classes, as they receive more personalized instruction and have greater access to resources and feedback.
  • Better classroom management: Managing a smaller class is generally easier for teachers, as they can establish a more orderly and focused learning environment. With fewer students, teachers can more effectively address behavioral issues, maintain discipline, and create a positive classroom culture.
  • Increased student well-being: Smaller class sizes contribute to a more supportive and nurturing learning environment. Students feel more valued, connected, and supported, leading to improved mental health, reduced stress levels, and increased overall well-being.
  • Greater equity in education: By reducing class sizes, educational opportunities can be more equitably distributed. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds or with special educational needs can benefit from the increased individual attention and support that smaller class sizes provide, bridging the achievement gap and promoting educational equity.
  • Enhanced teacher satisfaction and retention: Smaller class sizes can alleviate some of the challenges and workload pressures faced by teachers. With more manageable class sizes, teachers can better meet the needs of their students, leading to higher job satisfaction and lower burnout rates. This, in turn, can improve teacher retention rates and contribute to a more stable and experienced teaching workforce.
  • Long-term benefits: The advantages of smaller class sizes extend beyond the immediate academic setting. Students who have experienced smaller class sizes tend to have better long-term outcomes, such as higher graduation rates, increased college enrollment, and improved career prospects. The positive effects can ripple through society, leading to a more educated and skilled workforce.
This proposal is in draft and is far from it's final published form.

Berkeley Articles on Project Star and Class Size

https://gspp.berkeley.edu/research/featured/the-class-size-debate-what-the-evidence-means-for-education-policy