by KYW’s Dr. Marciene Mattleman
Fifty-two million kids are starting school this year and the National Education Association’s vice-president, Lily Ekelson, says there won’t be enough teachers to give them what they need. Although administrators don’t want to increase class size, their budgets are making those decisions.READ MORE: Arson Suspect Arrested In Connection To Fire, Building Collapse That Killed Philadelphia Fire Lt. Sean Williamson
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average class size in US elementary schools dropped from 24 pupils in 1993 to 20 in 2007. In Chicago, high school classes will rise to 33 this year.READ MORE: Police: Homeless Man Allegedly Stabs 15-Year-Old Boy In Self-Defense In Center City
A recent article in the Hechinger Report looks at the class size picture. While smaller classes certainly appeal to teachers and parents— making it easier to get to know students and their needs, decades of research have found the relationship between class size and student outcomes “murky” or “marginal.”MORE NEWS: Olson Homers Twice To Lead Braves Past Phillies 5-3
Although an increase of more than five students will make teaching and learning harder, what more and more research does show is that teacher effectiveness is really what matters. That’s the current direction of the Gates Foundation.