School board resists large class sizes: HP Enterprise

The GCS Board wants to reduce 4th and 5th grade class sizes, according to an article in today’s HP Enterprise. Scary part: “because these are critical years for testing.” Once again, No Child Left Behind-Leaves Many Children Behind running the show instead of school administrators.

An excerpt:

Under the superintendent’s budget pro­posal for 2007-08, elementary classrooms in those grades could swell from 22 students per teacher to a 26-to-1 ratio using a new teacher allotment formula.
The proposed class size change falls be­low the state threshold of 29-to-1, but sever­al school board members say large fourth­and fifth-grade classrooms have a negative impact on academics as students transition to middle school.
“Large fourth- and fifth-grade classes are part of the issues we are having at the middle school level,” board member Anita Sharpe said during a budget meeting Tues­day afternoon. Sharpe added that elemen­tary school teachers are not able to cover “key concepts” in huge classes.

UPDATE: See companion News & Record story here

E.C. 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: