What are the Benefits of Low Student to Teacher Ratio?

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In North Shore Coaching College Bella Vista, we ensure that classes are limited to a set number of children so that optimum attention is provided to each student and they are able to achieve their academic goals.

As schools across the country continue to feel the effects of state budget cuts, the importance of student-to-teacher ratio and class size has continued to remain an issue of debate. Despite conflicting positions on the issue, many education policy advocates, including the Education authorities, overwhelmingly indicate that a low student-to-teacher ratio can increase student achievement, enhance a child's test scores and provide lasting academic benefits.

The positive effects of a smaller student-to-teacher ratio are the most apparent in early education, specifically in kindergarten through third grade. 

Small class sizes during a child's first years of school can have lasting effects. The benefits that students experience from small class sizes during their early years of education will follow them, even if their class sizes increase as they inch toward graduation. 

Of course, the primary reason behind these benefits seems to be that teachers who have fewer students are able to provide each student with more individual attention. Fewer students means that teachers have more manageable workloads and more time to work one on one with students. They can engage students more and try out different activities and lessons that might not be feasible with a larger class size. Because they have fewer students to monitor, teachers tend to spend less time on classroom management issues, such as discipline.

A lower student-to-teacher ratio can also encourage greater participation in class. In a class of 30-plus students, it is easier for a shy or unprepared student to "hide." Conversely, in a class of 15 students, students may feel more accountable or more comfortable participating in class discussions. This greater degree of accountability can certainly lead to better grades and higher achievement.


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