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Classroom Size and The School District

(07/08/20 1:15pm)

Small classroom size is preferred by parents and teachers alike. Less students in a class means more personal attention for each student, as well as fewer tests to grade and fewer disruptions. State legislators continue to pass laws regarding lowering the number of students in a classroom, however what does research say about class size? One widely referenced study showing the positive impact of a smaller classroom size comes from a Student Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR) study conducted in Tennessee in the late 80s. Students and teachers were randomly assigned to classes with an average of 15 or 22 students. The 7 student (32%) reduction in class size was found to increase student achievement by about 3 additional months of schooling four years later . However, few other studies show any drastic effects, if any at all. Large class size reductions can show positive results, but considering variables like cost, space, and teacher availability, this isn’t always viable. 

Explaining neighborhood, charter, and magnet schools

(07/30/20 11:10pm)

Composed of 19,000 employees and 203,000 students, the Philadelphia School District is the eighth largest in the nation. With increased graduation rates for the third year in a row, the school district has a promising future ahead. Within the 342 Philadelphia schools, there are three distinct subcategories, particularly in high school education. Charter, neighborhood, and special admissions schools each have their own unique characteristics and benefits. While the Philadelphia School District still pushes for much needed resources and funding, there are many things to analyze and admire about our local high schools.