Smaller classes lead to better learning

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The class size regulation implemented five years ago is producing positive results.

The class size and composition report released this year shows a significant decrease in class sizes since before the regulation was implemented five years ago.

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The idea behind the regulation was that smaller classrooms provide a more conducive learning environment, where students can receive more attention from their instructors.

According to Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid, “in order to truly have a positive effect on student outcomes, we need to be focusing on teaching, learning and involving parents.”

Studies have found that the number of classes with 30 or more students has dropped 61 per cent since 2006.

Another interesting finding involves classroom sizes for young students. The report shows that there are no kindergarten classes with more than 22 students and no classes from grades one to three that have more than 24 students.

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