When the “Truth in Class Size Act” passes in Georgia, it will mean that many schools will have to resort to using trailers and other temporary classroom solutions to house all of its students. This is not, however, a reason to worry. Class size — not where the class is taught — is a better predictor of student success.
According to the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), there is no significant difference in the achievement levels of students schooled in modular classrooms and those in permanent classrooms. The study looked at fifth grade students from twenty-one portable classrooms and thirty-eight permanent classrooms in eleven different Georgia schools and found that while the students in permanent classrooms reported feeling more positive toward school, there was no significant difference in student behavior or achievement.