The problem of oversized classrooms is not a new issue in education. It has been a contentious issue since the 1980s. In the early 80's, Tennessee’s General Assembly funded a study on class sizes. The study found that reducing class sizes can lead to gains in reading and math. However, reducing class sizes has its trade-offs. Class Sizes Matter, an organization that advocates for smaller classes in NYC public schools have recently filed a complaint with the State Education Department affirming the state has failed to meet required classroom sizes.
A recent study confirms some of the issues that Class Size Matters’ recent complaints fall on. The study highlights that improvement is needed in classes where the class size was reasonable. However, the classes that shrank by bringing in new teachers saw no improvement. New teachers tend to have less experience and lack classroom management skills. Additionally, some teachers were brought on in the middle of the school year, causing many disruptions. As it stands the city needs a rooted class size plan. The current plan is a massive trade off.
How can the State Education Department reduce class size while maintaining a high level of education?