Class Size On Student Achievement

1824 WordsOct 5, 20148 Pages
Class Size in Education Erika C. Lopez University of Florida Abstract Class size is one of the many factors that parents consider when selecting a school for their son or daughter. They believe that class size is relative to how much attention their child receives from his or her teacher in the classroom, and will directly effect how successful the child will be in their education. But how important is class size, exactly? This paper will examine various perspectives on the importance of class size in student education, including political and economical views, teacher outlooks, and the effect of class size on student achievement. Class Size in Education Class Size vs. Student-Teacher Ratio A large majority of the public believes that “class size” and “student-teacher ratios” are interchangeable terms. However, that is not the case. Class size is the number of students who regularly appear in a teacher’s classroom and for whom that teacher is primarily responsible and accountable. Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) is a derived estimate commonly computed by dividing the number of students in a school by the number of professionals who work at or serve that school (e.g., counselors, special teachers, administrators, librarians, etc.) These differences are about 10: In a school with a PTR of 16:1 you will find class sizes of about 26. (Achilles, Finn, & Pate-Bain, 2001, p.4) This confusion has led to confusion among policymakers and stakeholders, who need to base
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