Section sizes in school?

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lsatextreme
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Section sizes in school?

Postby lsatextreme » Mon May 02, 2011 2:44 pm

Does a big or small section size mean anything? I know typically schools have section sizes in the 70-100 or more, but does a small section size of 20-30 make any difference in terms of difficulty in curve or what not?

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Re: Section sizes in school?

Postby bdubs » Mon May 02, 2011 4:45 pm

If you have 30 in a section and say a cap of 10% A's then you will only have 3 A's. It seems obvious, but if the 4 best students in the school happen to get into that same section, it's going to suck for one of them. Larger sections spread the risk somewhat. This doesn't matter as much when you talk about the difference between 80 and 100, because the teacher will have more leeway to fit people onto the curve where they actually belong (greater dispersion in exam scores).




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