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School board considers student-to-teacher ratios

Class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios were a topic again Tuesday for the Gloucester County School Board during its meeting at the T.C. Walker Education Center. The board has been discussing the issue since school started last month.

On the table Tuesday was a change in board policy that would remove local standards for class sizes, adopted in 2009, and leave class sizes at the higher numbers allowed by the Virginia Department of Education’s Standards of Quality (SOQs).

The local standards call for student/teacher ratios of 18 to one in kindergarten through third grade, 20 to one in grades four and five, 22 to 1 in grades six through eight, and 25 to one in grades nine through 12.

The state standards call for ratios of 24 to one in kindergarten with no class larger than 29 students, 24 to one in grades one through three with no class larger than 30, 25 to one in grades four through six with no class larger than 35, and 24 to one in English classes in grades six through 12.
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