… They really need to rephrase the term “Average Class Size”, or find a more informative way of calculating it.
… I just got done adjusting my seating charts for the second semester, which starts Tuesday. Of my four 8th grade classes, two have 40 students, and two have 39 students. My 9th grade class has a scant 36 students in it.
… Then I’m in reading the Salt Lake Tribune, where they reported that the average class size for secondary schools last year was “19 students a class.” That’s one more student than half my smallest class. A more accurate, and less deceptive, way of stating that number would be “19 students per certified staff member.”
… Here’s the problem with that number, they figure it by taking the number of students registered and dividing it by the number of staff members on teacher contracts, including the ones with no class loads. Counselors are on teacher contracts. Librarians are on teacher contracts, so are the School Technology Specialists. They don’t differentiate between classroom teachers and these other positions. When you also consider the smaller class sizes of Special Ed, Youth in Custody and other at-risk specific classes, you get an incredibly distorted impression of the the class size most of our students are in.
… I’d like to see the stats from actual class rolls for your mainstream classes. That would give you an accurate idea of what the majority of the students see in all their classes, and I’d guarantee it’s a lot more than 19. Or at least word it so that the general public doesn’t picture classrooms with less than 20 students in them, and wonder why all these teachers are complaining about “stack ‘em deep and teach ‘em cheap.”