AirTalk for January 20, 2011

Does class size matter?

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Jocelyn Mouton, Executive Principal helps teach a kindergarten class.

The size of kindergarten through third grade classes is going up in California—and across the country—as school districts grapple with budget cuts. The conventional wisdom is that large class sizes will damage student performance. But research from Harvard University’s Kennedy School is taking a different view. What effect does class size ultimately have on student learning?


Paul Peterson, director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University

Margo Pensavalle, professor of clinical education at the University of Southern California

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