FILE:  IEC

 

CLASS SIZE

 

 

The Grant Parish School Board is aware that class size has bearing upon effective teaching.  It therefore directs the Superintendent to work with principals in estab­lishing a reasonable and equitable class enrollment for each teacher.

 

The Board understands that achieving this goal is dependent upon the financial ability of the schools.  In determining the size of various classes, the administration, will consider the following factors:

 

  1. The type of load which will help the teacher be most effective with the children in the class.

  2. The experience of the teacher and his/her familiarity with the parish programs and policies.

  3. Distribution among teachers of student activities.

  4. Required preparation and correction time for the particular class.

 

Louisiana law requires the systemwide pupil-classroom-teacher ratio in grades kindergarten through third grade to be no greater than twenty (20) students.  The maximum enrollment in a class or section in grades K-3 shall be twenty-six (26) students and in grades 4-12, thirty-three (33) students, except in certain activity types of classes in which the teaching approach and the materials and equipment are appropriate for large groups.  No teachers at the secondary level shall instruct more than 750 student hours per week, except those who teach the above classes.

 

The School Board may request from the State Superintendent of Education a limited waiver from complying with the systemwide 20-1 student-teacher ratio, provided the teacher has demonstrated effectiveness pursuant to the state evaluation program.

 

Revised:  March, 1999

Revised:  December, 2012

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:151, 17:174

Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 2-5-13

 

Grant Parish School Board