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Tue, Nov 27, 2007

"A Seat of One's Own: Class Size Reduction in the Lowest Performing Schools in New York City"

CFE examines class sizes in NYC's 408 lowest performing schools

In light of the new education law and regulations requiring New York City to prioritize class size reduction in low performing and overcrowded schools, “A Seat of One’s Own: Class Size Reduction in the Lowest Performing Schools in New York City,” examined class size conditions in the 408 city schools indentified by the state as Schools In Need of Improvement (SINI) or Schools Requiring Academic Progress (SRAP).

The study found that 2,522 classrooms are needed to successfully achieve class size reduction in New York City’s lowest performing schools. In other findings, 152 of these schools can immediately reduce class size within existing building space, while 43 others can use classrooms in neighboring underutilized school buildings to reduce class size.

The report called on the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to consider prioritizing class size reduction in the SINI/SRAP schools with existing capacity or through rezoning, while developing a plan for the other 122 SINI/SRAP schools that cannot benefit from existing or neighboring space. The study, which also factored in the impact of the City’s Capital Plan through the creation of new classrooms, also recommended that the DOE consider developing a long-term plan to reduce class sizes in SINI/SRAP schools at all grade levels, including Pre-K.

Read the entire "A Seat of One's Own: Class Size Reduction in the Lowest Performing Schools in New York City" Report: PDF HTML

Methodology, Findings, Analysis, and Appendices (PDF)

Findings and Recommendations Overview(PDF)

SINI/SRAP Class Size Reduction Borough Maps(PDF)

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