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Urban Institute’s Matt Chingos explores impact of K-3 class size reductions

  • In some circumstances, smaller class sizes can have a positive impact on students’ performance on standardized tests
  • Results vary depending on how reductions are implemented, including the size of the reduction
  • Reducing average class size in Florida by a few students did not lead to such improvements when compared to schools with no reduction

Students use mobile furniture in a Petree Elementary classroom. Liz Bell/EducationNC

In this episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with Matt Chingos, an education policy research and director of the Urban Institute’s education policy program, about K-3 class size reductions. Chingos studied the implementation of reductions in Florida and elsewhere and shares what he learned about this strategy. 

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