Does the Class Size Affect the Effectiveness of a Teacher?

Does the Class Size Affect the Effectiveness of a Teacher?

Cailyx Brooks, Editor

Has your teacher ever mentioned how a smaller class listens better than a class with 20+ students? Typically, in a larger class, it is harder to quiet everyone down. But in smaller classes, teachers might find it easier to grab their students’ attention, or successfully teach. 

Many teachers may find that the lower the number of students, the better the educational process is. A smaller class also does play a beneficial role when it comes to student achievement. For example, a teacher can connect to a student’s learning needs to improve test scores. 

Studies show that students with fewer people and friends in a class score higher and perform better in core classes, like Math, ELA, and Science. According to NCTE.org, “In smaller classes, students tend to be as much as one to two months ahead in content knowledge, and they score higher on standardized assessments.