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Does Class SIze Influence Student Achievement?
[La taille des classes influence-t-elle la réussite scolaire ?]

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  • Adrien Bouguen

    (Universität Mannheim [Mannheim], IPP - Institut des politiques publiques)

  • Julien Grenet

    () (PSE - Paris School of Economics, PJSE - Paris Jourdan Sciences Economiques - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement, IPP - Institut des politiques publiques)

  • Marc Gurgand

    () (PSE - Paris School of Economics, PJSE - Paris Jourdan Sciences Economiques - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement, IPP - Institut des politiques publiques)

Abstract

This policy brief presents the results of the most methodologically robust studies that estimate the impact of a reduction in class size on the student achievement and longerrun outcomes. Contrary to an idea that persisted for a long time, the effects are high, if they are compared with those of other educational policies conducted on a large scale and assessed rigorously. The absolute cost of such a policy justifies targeting it on the most disadvantaged pupils, but the investment is profitable whenever the salary gain for two years spent in a half-size class is greater than 1%. However many unknown quantities remain, in particular about how reduction in class size links up with teaching practices.

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  • Adrien Bouguen & Julien Grenet & Marc Gurgand, 2017. "Does Class SIze Influence Student Achievement?
    [La taille des classes influence-t-elle la réussite scolaire ?]
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    Class size effects; Taille des classes;

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