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In October 2012, School Improvement Network surveyed educators nationwide about the impact of class size on educator effectiveness and student achievement. 5,115 educators responded, and 65% said ...

In October 2012, School Improvement Network surveyed educators nationwide about the impact of class size on educator effectiveness and student achievement. 5,115 educators responded, and 65% said their class sizes have grown over the last three years. Educators also shared their opinions on the ideal class size, and how class sizes impact students and their teachers.

Read more about this survey here: http://www.schoolimprovement.com/voices-of-education/class-size-and-student-achievement-results/

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  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK October 2012 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETW ORK October 2012 CLASS SIZE SURVEY
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK Methodology • Survey sent to educators in October 2012 • 5,115 educators responded – 75% teachers – 12% administrators • Responders include educators from: – Rural, urban, and suburban schools – Elementary, middle, and high schools – 1-21+ years of experience in education October 2012
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK October 2012 Demographics Professional Position Administrator Teacher Other 12% 75% 13% School Type School Environment Urban Rural Suburban 40% 28% 31% Years of Experience 1st Year 2 to 5 Years 6 to 10 Years 11 to 15 Years 16 to 20 Years 21+ Years 1% 12% 19% 18% 18% 33% Elementary (K-7) Secondary (8-12) 60% 40%
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK October 2012 Key Findings • Survey responders say their average class size is 23 students, though class size averages differ between school types and settings. • Most educators believe the ideal class size consists of 15-20 students. • 62% of educators strongly agree that class size has a direct impact on student achievement. • In surveyed states, 65% of class sizes have increased over the last three years. • Educators say the biggest impact of an increased class size is losing one-on-one teacher and student interaction.
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK October 2012 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETW ORK SURVEY RESULTS
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK October 2012 According to surveyed educators, the average class size across the nation is 23 students, though averages differed among school types and school locations. “What is your current average class size?” 26 25.2 25 24 23 24 23.4 22.3 22 21.4 21 20 19 School Type School Setting 24.3
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK October 2012 Most educators believe the ideal class size consists of 15-20 students. “What is the ideal class size?” 49% 50% 5 to 10 10 to 15 15 to 20 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35+ 22% 19% 6% 0% 3% 0% 5 to 10 10 to 1515 to 2020 to 2525 to 3030 to 35 0% 35+ Elementary Secondary 7% 6% 22% 16% 55% 42% 14% 31% 1% 5% 0% 0% 0% 1% Rural 7% 22% 53% 17% 1% 0% 0% Suburban 5% 14% 48% 29% 4% 0% 1% Urban 6% 20% 48% 22% 4% 0% 0%
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK October 2012 62% of educators strongly agree that class size has a direct impact on student achievement. “Class size has a direct impact on student achievement.” 70% 62% 18% 4% 0% 12% 1% 2% 1% Agree No Opinion Disagree 1st Year 81% 3% 16% 2 to 5 90% 0% 10% 6 to 10 11 to 15 16 to 20 21+ Years 87% 83% 84% 82% 0% 1% 1% 1% 12% 16% 15% 17% *By how many years of experience
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK October 2012 Across the nation, 65% of class sizes have increased over the last three years. “Have your class sizes changed in the last three years?” 100% 65% Elementary Secondary (K-7) (8-12) Rural Suburban Urban Yes, they have increased 62% 67% 61% 66% 68% No, they have stayed the same 26% 21% 26% 25% 22% Yes, they have decreased 11% 12% 12% 10% 11% 24% 11% 0% Yes, they have No, they have Yes, they have increased stayed the decreased same
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK Majority of educators say their class sizes have increased by about 20%. “If class size increased, by how much?” 39% 40% 26% 19% 6% 5% 1% 1% 1% 0% 1% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% October 2012
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK October 2012 Educators say the biggest impact of an increased class size is losing personal attention from the teacher to each student. “What has been the biggest impact of changing class sizes in your classrooms?” 35% 32% 15% 14% 11% 11% 5% 0% 4% 3% 2% 1% 1% 1%
  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK October 2012