ERIC Number: ED023678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
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Class Size and Teacher Load in High School English. New York State English Council Monography No. 8.
Wade, Durlyn E.
To determine the class size and teaching load of secondary teachers of English in New York state, the Research Committee of the State English Council mailed 1,093 questionnaires to chairmen of English Departments in the state's registered public and private secondary schools. The 694 usable replies--representing 4,410 full-time English teachers--were analyzed and compared to the recommendation of the National Council of Teachers of English that English teachers be assigned four classes, each not more than 25 pupils. Results showed that class sizes in schools outside New York City averaged 27 for grade 7, 26 for grade 8, 25 for grade 9, 24 for grades 10 and 11, and 23 for grade 12. In New York City, grade 9 class size averaged 33; grades 10, 11, and 12 averaged 34. Class sizes in private and parochial schools in the New York City area averaged 22 in grades 7 and 8, 33 in grade 9, 34 in grade 10, and 32 in grades 11 and 12. It was also found that most schools outside New York City provided elective classes in grade 12. The majority of schools reported eight 45-49 minute periods per day with teachers responsible for five classes and the supervision of certain school activities. Special programs, in which classes were smaller, were provided for above- and below-average students. (JS)
Descriptors: Class Size, English Instruction, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Noninstructional Responsibility, Parochial Schools, Private Schools, Public Schools, Scheduling, School Schedules, Secondary School Teachers, Small Classes, Special Classes, Special Education, Student Teacher Ratio, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Conditions, Teaching Load
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Authoring Institution: New York State English Council.