Issues Backgrounder - Class Size

There have been decades of debate and much research on the effects of class size on student learning; however most educators and researchers agree that class size matters. A number of Canadian and international studies have shown that smaller class size has a strong impact on student achievement and narrows the achievement gap for those with specialized needs. (See ‘Class Size Matters’ below.) Detractors point to some studies that may have shown different results because of the way the studies measured success.

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