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Dr.Jeremy Finn

Dr. Jeremy Finn, a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, testified regarding the data he collected on class sizes in New York City schools (K-8) versus those across the rest of the State. Dr. Finn found that 51% of students in K-3 in City public schools (167,968 children) are in oversized classes (26 or more students), as compared to the statewide average of 21 students. His data displayed that nearly 80% of 4th and 5th grade classes have more than 26 students, as do 83% of grades 6-8.

In addition, Professor Finn testified on the impact class size has on educational attainment, based on the conclusions of the landmark Tennessee “Star Study.” That study was the most comprehensive study ever conducted on class size. The Star Study included 79 schools and more than 300 classrooms. Seven thousand students were followed for 4 years in classes with14 to17 students.

The Star Study demonstrated that students in class sizes of 14 to 17 in grades K-3 perform markedly better on standardized exams, even if they are placed in classes with greater numbers of students following grade three. The academic gains were even greater for minority students. It revealed that academic performance of poor children is drastically improved if those students are placed in smaller classes.

Testimony given on January 7, 2000

Parents from across the state march on the Capitol in Albany to show support for CFE.
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