The Community Roundtable on curriculum and instruction that was held on Tuesday, Oct. 13, included lively discussion on a variety of topics. In order to keep the conversation going, we invite readers to post their thoughts on each question that was presented to participants at the Community Roundtable. Click here for notes on what was discussed at the Community Roundtable.
Over the years, Broadalbin-Perth has maintained a commitment to smaller class sizes. In the past, the community has supported many school budgets which proposed class sizes, K-12, ranging between 18–24 students per classroom.
According to the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, class size reduction is one of only four reforms that have been proven to increase student achievement. Additional research has found that high school students who had been in smaller classes had significantly lower drop-out rates, higher grades, and scored higher on their college entrance exams. In general, maintaining a reasonable class size and providing quality, research-based instruction has the greatest impact on student performance.
Given the current economic climate and the district’s financial situation, how important is it to you to maintain class sizes in the range of 20-24 in all grades, K-12? How do you think the community would react to increasing the class size range to 22-26 if it meant a significant savings for the district in the coming year?
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