For me, the best statement for the impact of class size on educational test results comes from Jane Hyman, the Jefferson Elementary School Principal, in the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Sep 14.
One group of students was in the 3rd grade two years ago. Only three class rooms available for this group resulted in high class size, the MCAS results showed they did not meet the AYP guidelines.
Same group, the next year with four class rooms, they did meet the AYP guidelines (which also increased from year to year).
The same group, this year is back in three class rooms. With a return to large class sizes and the fear is that the AYP will not be met.
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