Studies show smaller classes mean better grades - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Studies show smaller classes mean better grades

Posted: Updated:

Chapel Hill, TX (KYTX) -- It's a push by an economist at Northwestern University. Diane Schanzenbach testified in Austin that multiple studies find the same thing, that smaller classes mean greater success for students.

However, that's becoming harder with state budget cuts.There are 20 4th graders currently in Bill Kenney's classroom.

"With a smaller classroom size, I can work with more small groups," Kenney, a math and science teacher at Kissam Intermediate, said.

That hasn't always been the case, Kenney once had 26 kids per class. "You have to be very strong in classroom management and on your toes, because there is more going on," Kenney said.

And the hardship isn't only on the teachers, according to Schanzenbach, kids in smaller classes do better on standardized tests by an average of 6 percentile points.

But that's getting tougher as the state slashes funding. "I think there are some districts that are feeling the pinch, and they are having to load up classes a little heavier than normal," Kenney said.

"Budget-wise, it's very difficult for us to keep classroom sizes small," Kathy Harris, Principal at Kissam Intermediate, said.

She says they've had to lose some teachers due to the cutbacks. 

"We don't know if there will be more cuts, if there are more cuts I'm sure we'll have to cut positions again and then we'll have larger classrooms," Harris said.

Right now state law caps K-4th grade class sizes at 22. Chapel Hill is making it a priority to do even better than that.

Last year, 280 school districts requested waivers to exceed that limit.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Report: Air Algerie plane vanishes from radar

    Report: Air Algerie plane vanishes from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:28:48 GMT
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.  Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 1:50 a.m. GMT (10:50p EDT), the agency said.

    More >>
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.  Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 1:50 a.m. GMT (10:50p EDT), the agency said.


    More >>
  • In somber ceremony, Dutch welcome home first remains of MH17 victims

    In somber ceremony, Dutch welcome home first remains of MH17 victims

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:47:58 GMT
    CNNCNN
    (CNN) -- A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.More >>
    (CNN) -- A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.More >>
  • Washington family says dog reunited with Texas family belongs to them

    Washington family says dog reunited with Texas family belongs to them

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:25:07 GMT
    It was a joyous reunion for one family and a devastating loss for another. The Miller family of Tyler lost their beloved Maltese named Reese seven years ago. The little white dog escaped while the Millers were visiting family in Balch Springs.More >>
    It was a joyous reunion for one family and a devastating loss for another. The Miller family of Tyler lost their beloved Maltese named Reese seven years ago. The little white dog escaped while the Millers were visiting family in Balch Springs.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.