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What's your class size?

Oregon classrooms are in crisis and we now have the third largest class size in the country. Students can’t get the attention they need to succeed. Let’s make a difference!


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Learn more about the Class Size Campaign!

  • Inform yourself! Download an informative booklet with stats, stories and more about class sizes around Oregon
  • Get the Facts! Check out our Class Size factsheet for sharing with friends and legislators
  • Take the pledge! Pass around this pledge sheet to lower Oregon's class sizes at your school or worksite and return it to your local UniServ office when it's complete
  • Are you a local leader? Use this Class Size community meeting script at your upcoming school building or PTA meeting.

Oregon Education By The Numbers

3rd largest class sizes in the nation
7% less than National average for per-pupil spending
19.6% increase in class size in Oregon's elementary schools**
28.6% increase in class size in Oregon's high schools**

**Site: COSA/OASBO School Budget Survey, Sept. 2009, 2010, 2011

Last school year, Beaverton teacher Stephen Hammond, pictured above, had 35 students in his 8th grade science class.

“The rooms are designed for 30, max. Kids are sitting on table tops. They can still take notes, but their back may be turned to you. You can’t teach kids and help them solve their individual questions with that big of a class.” ?

As school positions decrease, class sizes continue to increase. Studies from Tennessee, Wisconsin, and elsewhere demonstrate that students who are assigned to smaller classes in grades K-3rd do better in every way that can be measured: they score higher on tests, receive better grades, and exhibit improved attendance.


It is difficult to explain the impact that 41 students have, it’s an experience I wouldn’t want anyone to have. I am totally exhausted at the end of the school day.” 41 Students, Beaverton, 5th Grade Teacher.
My son could definitely use more one-on-one time with his teachers! Middle school is awkward, period. It would be great to have smaller classes so that teachers were able to get to know the kids better.” 41 Students, Beaverton Middle School, Parent.
It is very difficult to have class discussions. I have trouble getting to know each student individually. Tailoring to each students level of need is exhausting, and almost impossible. However, I persevere because each student matters to me…” 40 Students, David Douglas High School, Social Studies Teacher.
I feel that this generation’s education is getting short changed because we won’t step up as citizens to make sure that they have the attention and support they need to grow into curious and thoughtful adults.” 32 Students, Portland, 2nd Grade Parent.