The Star Experiment and Related Class-Size Studies

Charles M. Achilles | 2012 NCPEA Policy Brief | Class-Size Policy

This policy brief provides an overview of the most important research on class sizes. It gives careful analysis of the Tennessee Student Teacher Achievement Ration (STAR) experiment as well as studies from the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden, Great Britain, and elsewhere. Its findings are similar to those of William Mathis, Diane Schanzenbach and other researchers.

The author concludes that: “The benefits of small classes have potential for cost savings, social benefits, and long-term pupil gains. Fewer school dropouts and lower retention-in-grade (especially for minority and male students) have immediate and long-term cost implications, such as increased numbers of college-bound students.”

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