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Class Size Reduction: Lessons Learned from Experience

By Joan McRobbie, Jeremy D. Finn, Patrick Harman


This Policy Brief starts from the position that class size reduction is not a silver bullet, but rather one approach that has been shown to improve learning, especially in the early grades.

It points out that a critical question is not whether class size can make a difference, but how and under what circumstances it does.

Success depends on getting the numbers down and on schools’ ability to take advantage of the opportunities class size reduction presents.

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Product #: PO-98-01
Copyright: 1998
Format: PDF
Pages: 12
Publisher: WestEd, The Laboratory for Student Success, & SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education