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Class Sizes Rise for Fifth Straight Year

Class sizes have risen for a fifth straight year across the school system, a new Department of Education report shows.

Overall, the increase was 1.6 percent, or an average four tenths of a student per class. High schools had the largest gain.

The department put the report out at the end of the day Friday, Dec. 15 — the same day as the Newtown, CT shootings — assuring it would get virtually no coverage.

But the facts are disturbing. Class sizes have been rising steadily in virtually every grade since the 2007-08 school year, with elementary grades hit particularly hard. The average 1st  grade class has 3.7 more students now than it did in 2007, and the average 3rd grade has 4.2 more children. Class sizes are a central concern for parents and teachers, while the mayor has said they could double as far as he was concerned.

In response to a recent UFT survey, 56 percent of teachers said their class sizes were so large that it interfered with their ability to reach all their students.




  • 1 Arthur Goldstein
    · Dec 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Isn’t that inevitable when you fail to replace teachers lost to attrition for three years running?

  • 2 Diane Mendez
    · Dec 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Large class sizes takes away for the students learning. I think large class sizes are just a cop out for Bloomberg to make teachers fail, t seems he likes it when the schools fail. He is a corrupt man.