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Table 1 of 3:
Class Size and Student Engagement

States are ranked by number grade to the nearest decimal; ties are ranked by alphabetical order.

? = state did not participate in national assessment, survey, or data collection, and grade could not be calculated due to lack of data.
n/a = not applicable.

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State Grade Class Size--35% of grade Student Engagement--20% of grade
% 4th graders in classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 % 8th graders in math classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 8th graders in schools reporting that...
Absenteeism is not a problem, 1996 Tardiness is not a problem, 1996 Classroom misbehavior is not a problem, 1996
Maine 81 B- 96 88 83 92 77
North Dakota 81 B- 82 72 96 88 85
Connecticut 80 B- 89 74 84 81 62
Nebraska 80 B- 92 69 84 87 72
Vermont 79 C+ 97 88 89 81 58
Iowa 77 C+ 79 67 83 87 69
Wisconsin 77 C+ 78 54 82 86 75
Rhode Island 76 C 82 79 93 72 66
State Grade Grade % 4th graders in classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 % 8th graders in math classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 8th graders in schools reporting that...
Absenteeism is not a problem, 1996 Tardiness is not a problem, 1996 Classroom misbehavior is not a problem, 1996
Massachusetts 76 C 77 62 91 72 70
Texas 75 C 97 65 71 72 62
Wyoming 74 C 89 74 79 73 81
Minnesota 72 C- 45 40 83 85 67
Arkansas 71 C- 71 77 66 56 55
Montana 70 C- 71 60 73 75 75
Colorado 70 C- 61 36 80 72 59
Alaska 70 C- 64 53 80 80 64
State Grade Grade % 4th graders in classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 % 8th graders in math classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 8th graders in schools reporting that...
Absenteeism is not a problem, 1996 Tardiness is not a problem, 1996 Classroom misbehavior is not a problem, 1996
West Virginia 67 D+ 82 65 72 83 67
South Carolina 67 D+ 72 63 61 53 52
Indiana 66 D 67 57 85 83 64
Missouri 66 D 77 57 71 78 60
Virginia 65 D 68 55 75 80 62
North Carolina 65 D 59 52 63 69 54
Mississippi 65 D 71 71 60 69 54
Michigan 65 D 43 41 70 73 62
State Grade Grade % 4th graders in classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 % 8th graders in math classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 8th graders in schools reporting that...
Absenteeism is not a problem, 1996 Tardiness is not a problem, 1996 Classroom misbehavior is not a problem, 1996
Arizona 64 D 45 35 61 66 74
New Mexico 63 D 83 53 49 54 46
Alabama 63 D 74 57 73 69 63
Georgia 62 D- 66 45 61 72 57
Tennessee 62 D- 65 45 59 73 65
Delaware 62 D- 50 34 73 63 40
Oregon 62 D- 43 45 59 76 63
Louisiana 61 D- 50 49 68 68 47
State Grade Grade % 4th graders in classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 % 8th graders in math classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 8th graders in schools reporting that...
Absenteeism is not a problem, 1996 Tardiness is not a problem, 1996 Classroom misbehavior is not a problem, 1996
Kentucky 61 D- 73 44 67 87 58
New York 60 D- 55 48 86 78 56
Florida 58 F 46 24 61 67 49
Utah 57 F 34 21 78 56 71
Washington 56 F 46 31 67 74 49
Hawaii 52 F 37 52 61 52 39
California 51 F 8 13 73 68 67
Maryland 51 F 34 33 63 70 48
State Grade Grade % 4th graders in classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 % 8th graders in math classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 8th graders in schools reporting that...
Absenteeism is not a problem, 1996 Tardiness is not a problem, 1996 Classroom misbehavior is not a problem, 1996
Idaho ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Illinois ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Kansas ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Nevada ? ? 17 ? ? ? ?
New Hampshire ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
New Jersey ? ? 77 ? ? ? ?
Ohio ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Oklahoma ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
State Grade Grade % 4th graders in classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 % 8th graders in math classes of 25 or fewer students, 1996 8th graders in schools reporting that...
Absenteeism is not a problem, 1996 Tardiness is not a problem, 1996 Classroom misbehavior is not a problem, 1996
Pennsylvania ? ? 52 ? ? ? ?
South Dakota ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
U.S.     60 50 75 80 67

For a complete list of sources of data, see "Data Sources and Notes."

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