class size

class size

Facts

The debate over class size focuses on whether or not reducing the number of students in a class is effective in increasing levels of academic achievement.

Class sizes in the US

Unless otherwise noted, the facts below come from the National Center for Education Statistics, the federal repository for all education facts.

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education overview

Facts

While K-12 public education is primarily the responsibility of the states, the federal government chips in over $90 billion in assistance a year (about 8% of all funding). Through that power of the purse, the federal government can shape educational policy by offering or withholding funding. Its strongest influence on K-12 general education is through President Bush's signature No Child Left Behind Act. The Act stresses standardized testing and requires that schools make progress toward getting all students on grade level. Where the federal government has had an even more direct role is in pre-K and higher education. The federal government funds pre-school for poor children through Head Start and offers a majority of the financial aid higher education students receive. Here is a general overview of education in America.

How many Students?

Students enrolled in pre-school: