This chart shows how the higher poverty level students at a school in NYS, the larger the class sizes, and the disparity has worsened over time. You can see that now, 90% of high poverty elementary school classes in New York state are above the recommended level of 20 students per class. 64% are above 23 students per class in high poverty schools:
What is notable here is that:
For those hack pundits who’ve latched on to the “uncertainty” or “narrowness” of research on the effectiveness of class size reduction (& bogus characterizations of “cost effectiveness”), there is little if any justification for permitting class sizes in high poverty settings at 30 or higher. Further, class size, and total student load are a relevant working condition influencing teacher recruitment/retention.
- class sizes in NYC schools continue to increase over time.
- class sizes in NYC schools are much larger than those in the top wealth/income quintile
- Further, compared to essential resources thresholds, class sizes in NYC are freakin’ huge! Yeah… that’s a technical term for you… freakin’ huge!!!!!
In simpler terms, there is certainly little basis for the inequity here. From a simple fairness standpoint, it makes little sense that children in the top 20% districts by wealth and income should have access to such smaller classes than children in New York City and that these disparities should year after year be a byproduct of the state’s dysfunctional, inequitable school finance system and overblown false claims that serve to maintain that status quo!