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Class Size and Student Performance Literature Review

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Released March 2012. In this report, prepared by Hanover Research, we explore the impact that class size can have on student performance, as evidenced by rigorous and reliable research. We find that few such studies exist, and opinions are ultimately mixed on whether class size has any discernible effect on student performance. We briefly look at class size under current budgetary constraints. Finally, we examine the class size reduction efforts of two school districts, followed by an examination of recent gains in student achievement at two large urban districts with class size reduction initiatives in place. Although the report is geared for public schools, the literature reviewed is of interest to private schools as well.

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