Many public school classrooms are overcrowded, but some states fare worse than others. Here's the average class size for every US state.
- Along with these increased graduation rates, schools around the country are also witnessing an increase in general enrollment.
- And while that's generally a positive development it does have one unintended consequence: overcrowded classrooms.
- Overcrowding in schools has become such a concern that some states have taken legislative measures to cap the number of students in a given classroom.
- INSIDER used data from the National Center for Education Statistics on classroom sizes around the country to see how the states stack up against each other.
- To put those classrooms in context, INSIDER also looked at data on how much each state spends on child education, their overall student to teacher ratios, and the average high school graduation rates.
- Continue scrolling below to find out the average class sizes for elementary schools and high school in all 50 states.
- All class sizes listed reflect 2012 statistics unless otherwise noted.
Having kids makes you happier -- once they've moved out
- A team of researchers led by Christoph Becker at Heidelberg University in Germany found that parents tend to be happier than non-parents in old age, but this only holds if their kids have moved out.
- Previous research has suggested that parenthood, social networks and marital status affect the well-being and mental health of older people, and this latest study looks at the effects of family status.
- A report by Princeton University and Stony Brook University published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found "very little difference" between the life satisfaction of parents and people without children, once other factors -- such as income, education, religion and health -- were factored out, said Arthur Stone, one of the study's co-authors.
- Another study, by the Open University in England, found childless couples were happier with their relationships and their partners than parents were, and were doing more work on their relationships than parenting couples.
Chinese Online Education Site Gains USD200 Million Additional Investment
- VIPKID, an online education company that matches Chinese students with North American teachers, announced in Beijing that the company has completed its series D round financing of USD200 million.
- This investment round was led by Sequoia Capital China.
- Tencent participated as a strategic investor and former investors like Matrix Partners China, Yunfeng Capital, and ZhenFund continued to participate in this round.
- VIPKID will use the new investment to further enhance its advantages in self-developed teaching materials, North American teacher growth, and product technology improvement.
- On the other hand, they will promote their Chinese-language platform business.
- At the same time, VIPKID announced plans to launch a new Chinese program for kids named "Lingo Bus".
- In addition, as a strategic investor of VIPKID, Tencent announced plans to implement comprehensive strategic cooperation with VIPKID in cloud services, artificial intelligence, and Internet education.
These 20 states have the most experienced public school teachers
- Experienced teachers can be the defining factor between a just average and incredible education.
- Research conducted in 2016 by the Learning Policy Institute illustrated how increased teacher experience can lead to better results for kids.
- The report combed through 15 years of academic research and found that students learn more — and attend class more often — when there's an experienced teacher in the room.
- INSIDER previously determined which states had the least experienced teachers.
- Two decades might initially seem like an immense amount of time to work one continuous job, yet every state on INSIDER's top 20 list had at least 27% of its teachers doing just that.
- In addition to years of teaching, INSIDER also determined how much formal education teachers in these states tended to have, and how well they were paid.
The US spends more on education than any other country, but students lag behind academically. Here's how much other countries spend and how well their students perform.
- Italy requires kids between the ages of six to 16 years old attend school, even if they're not an Italian citizen.
- The French education system is broken up into four stages: "Maternelle," "Ecole Elémentaire," "Collège," and "Lycée." Schooling starts for most students at just three years old and an increasing number of parents are starting their kids even younger.
- According to the National Center for Education and the Economy, 94% of German three-year-olds are enrolled in early childhood programs.
- Austrian students are required to attend school for nine years, between the ages of six and fifteen.
- While the crowded country has required free and accessible education since 1801, private parochial and other religious schools are still commonplace.
- According to The National Center for Education and the Economy, South Korea places a great emphasis on public school equality.