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Does Student to Teacher Ratio REALLY Matter in Education?
A hallmark “grading” for many schools is the number of teachers they have for a specified percentage of students. There have been many studies touting that the lower the student to teacher ratio, the better the achievements of students in those classes. Two of the most popular studies on student–teacher ratio effects were those done in connection with Tennessee’s Project Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR) and Wisconsin’s Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) Program. The results associated with these two programs showed that there was a cumulative benefit with smaller class sizes. Of course, for every study and program touting this, there are other studies saying this is just a factor in a series of factors that contribute to better achieving students. For instance, in schools with a lower student to teacher ratio, there are usually better resources available, and administrators can afford to make hiring decisions that drive results. Schools with more resources consistently test better than schools with funding issues and student bodies that skew poorer.
Yorktown Education believes that the most important factors in our classrooms are the individual goals of our students and the ability of our teachers to direct, teach, mentor, and facilitate topics to a full and complete proficiency in those subjects. With our philosophy, class size becomes inconsequential to learning and student performance. It is pertinent that our educators consistently direct and engage our students in their individual pursuits to the benefit of the child. This is why we consistently perform above other private and public schools in Dallas and across Texas.