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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.