Small class size in elementary school raises the likelihood that children will graduate from high school, a new study finds. The researchers say this is especially true for students from low-income homes.As if anyone didn't intuitively already suspect this?
Spending four years in a small class from kindergarten to grade 3 was associated with an 11.5 percent increase in high school graduation rates, the study found. This effect was even more pronounced among students from low-income homes, doubling their odds of becoming high school graduates.Ok, Portsmouth, let's hack away at class size now for the long-term benefits.
The study also identified a strong association between reading and mathematics achievement in kindergarten to grade 3 and graduation from high school.
"Our results contradict arguments that just one year in a small class is enough to reap long-term academic benefits. Three or four years of small classes are needed to affect graduation rates, and three or four years have been found necessary to sustain long-term achievement goals," study co-author Jeremy D. Finn of the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, said in a prepared statement.