How COVID-19 May Change the Conversation About Class Size

K-12 Dive | Kara Arundel

“The U.S. Department of Education has said smaller class sizes can help with COVID-19 mitigation, as well as allow teachers to be responsive to personalized efforts to accelerate learning after last year’s disruptions to in-person instruction.”

Educators broadly agree that smaller class sizes are beneficial to children’s learning and development, but average class sizes have remained roughly the same since 2016. Relief funding and pandemic conditions such as virtual learning, social distancing, and reduced group sizes may create an opportunity for policymakers to revisit best practices for children and educators.

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