As educators and WEA members, we know there’s nothing more important than having the time to give all students the personal attention they need to succeed.
Despite the research and our own experience, the Washington Legislature has failed to fund the small class sizes our students deserve. In fact, Washington’s class sizes are 47th in the nation — only three states have classrooms more crowded than ours!
If we build public awareness and political pressure, we can persuade the Legislature to comply with the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision and fund smaller class sizes.
Class Size Counts materials you can print and share at WEA meetings:
- Class Size Counts numbers: What our class sizes should be
- Class Size Counts facts: Why small class sizes are good for students
- Class Size Counts facts redux: More reasons small class sizes are good for students
- Class Size Counts background: Learn more about the non-profit community group
Read, download and print the class-size research:
- Class-size research PDF: Studies show class size counts when it comes to student success
- Class-size research summary PDF: A summary of the academic research about class size
- Class-size research and NAEP scores PDF: Small class sizes improve test scores
Benefits of smaller class sizes:
- More individualized attention for each student.
- More student-teacher engagement.
- Better test scores, particularly in primary grades.
- Higher academic achievement for disadvantaged and low-income students.
Hold legislators to their promise:
Legislators promised in SHB 2776 to reduce class sizes to meet the recommendations of the Quality Education Council. By 2018, those recommendations call for:
- Grades K-3: Class size of 17
- Grades 4-12: Class size of 25
In schools with more than 50 percent of students receiving free or reduced lunches, the recommendations call for even lower class sizes:
- Grades K-3: Class size of 15
- Grade 4: Class size of 22
- Grades 5-12: Class size of 25
The QEC recommendations also call for increasing the number of education support professionals in our public schools.