Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 12/5/2019 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: Class Size Report
ACPS Division Objective :
Objective 5
We will optimize resources.
Policy: IHB - Class Size
File Attachment:
Class Size Report_1920_Draft.docx
Summary: The 2019 Class Size Report reflects data collected on September 30, 2019. This report provides information about the Division and individual schools, including mean class size, frequency of class sizes, range of class sizes and the number of classes within monitored ranges. These data represent information for all core content classes in middle and high schools and “homeroom” data for elementary schools.

• Overall, our class sizes have held up well for this school year, as our strategy of using hold-back and emergency staffing to add staff to schools with unprojected growth was fully utilized this fall.

• All school levels (elementary, middle, and high) have a class size average below 22 students. While there are minor variations at each school, they are all generally in-line with their five-year trend. The average class sizes are also fairly consistent across elementary grade levels and secondary departments.

• One item to be proactive about going into this year’s staffing season is the following. The number of courses over the maximum enrollment is the highest it has been since we started reporting class size averages the ay we currently do. Currently, we have 116 classes over our internal size limit. In 2014, we had 91 classes over the internal size limit. While none of these classes exceed the maximum class-size allowed by the State, they are all above the Division goals for class sizes. The larger number of oversized classes has several factors, but this year principals most frequently noted abnormally large grade levels that throw off the evenness of staffing and a desire to keep lower level math/reading classes smaller at the expense of larger advanced math/reding classes and science/social studies classes.

• A second item to be proactive about going into staffing season is the following. The schools that are pulling the Division averages up (i.e. Brownsville, Hollymead, Meriwether Lewis, Henley, & Sutherland). I don’t know if their average class sizes are artifacts of the differentiated staffing model or a result of school capacity, but they have consistently been above the average, and the discrepancy between their averages and the schools at the lower end is large (Henley 23 to Walton 18; Brownsville 22 to Scottsville 16.3).

• A third item for proactivity is the following. To follow up our conversation on differentiated staffing, we will begin tracking differentiated staffing as a pool of staffing funding within each position so that we have a definitive report as to the specific use of differentiated staffing in each school. Further, principals will articulate a plan for use of differentiated staffing as part of their school strategic improvement planning. Knowing specifically how principals use differentiated staffing will allow us to begin considering how to strategically change our reliance on this block of funding for class size control without specifically identifying the block of funding as such.
Funding: This report is for information only.
Recommendation: This report is for information only.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Matthew Haas - Superintendent