ECS regularly issues useful compilations, summaries and/or comparisons of state policies — enacted or pending — on a wide variety of education topics, listed on the right. For a list of our most current documents, please see our What's New page.
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(Note: Not all topics have an ECS document associated with them. If you are looking for information on a specific topic, you can use our search function.)
Class-Size Policies MS Word PDF - The logic behind keeping class size low is powerful: The fewer kids that teachers have to deal with in a classroom, the thinking goes, the more time they can focus on delivering high-quality individualized instruction. This ECS StateNote examines the characteristics and popularity of two similar approaches that states have chosen to keep classes small by using one of two approaches:
Placing caps on the number of students that may be in one classroom; and enacting initiatives to reduce class size. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, April 2010)...
Maximum P-12 Class-Size Policies MS Word PDF - The majority of states--36--currently have at least one policy via statute or regulation at the state level that places a limit on the number of students that may be in any one general-education classroom. This ECS StateNote examines these policies. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, November 2009)...
State Policies Focusing on Class-size Reduction PDF - This document updates a 2005 ECS StateNote, providing a detailed look at class-size reduction initiatives in 23 states, including information about funding and legislative provisions. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, September 2009)...
From the ECS State Policy Database: Class Size - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....