caseload limits by state?

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  1. waterfall

    waterfall Virtuoso

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    I was just wondering if anyone knew where I could find a list or something of caseload limits for special education teachers by state. Really its just out of curiosity- our school psych was saying that there was wording in IDEA that "strongly enoucraged" states to establish caseload limits. My old state had limits, but here there are no limits at all. I'm at a very small school so I have a small caseload anyway, but there are other teachers in the district with 30+ kids. I was just wondering how many other states had no limits, and what the limits looked like for other states. Googling didn't really get me anywhere, haha...does anyone know where I could find this information wihtout researching each invidual state?
     
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    I finally stumbled across it for my state while searching for case loads. Google didn't get me anywhere either. It took quite a bit of searching. I would think that every state would have an office for exceptional children division that would have the info maybe. I found it in a roundabout way on edresourcesohio.org for my state.
     
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    In Illinois, it seems to vary widely district to district so I am not aware of any state mandated caseload limitations.

    In the districts I have worked in, self-contained programs typically have a limit of 13-15 and resource teachers anything up to 30.
     
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    I'm in Ohio. I teach K-2 ED and my limit is 10. My friend in the same building who teaches K-2 MH has a limit of 8.
     
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    wow, must be nice to have a limit on your case load.
     
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    I guess there isn't really anything out there haha- I know I could go research each individual state's department of ed, but I'm really just curious, so its not worth doing all of that work! I was hoping there was just a list out there somewhere. Zelda, I'm from OH- there I could only have 16 students. Here there is no limit at all except in profound needs classrooms. The limit in OH is really nice for job security too! I was worried about keeping my full time job this year because I only have 12 identified students. I see a little over 20 students because the rest are in RtI. In OH a part time person can only have up to 8 students, so I'd definitely be safe! I just feel like this is going to keep coming up too. A whole bunch of my students will be 5th graders next year, meaning they won't be on my caseload after that. I'm also almost certain that 3 of my 4 3rd graders have done so well they'll be exited from the program next year. Yikes! I was really just wondering how common this is.
     
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    No exact limit here that I know of. Full time resource teachers in my district have 30-40 kids or more sometimes. Way too much.....
     
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    I have 27 students on my caseload and I am designated at .75 Special Ed (the rest of my day is spent teaching regular ed). I know that we don't have any caseload limits for resource teachers.
     
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    The cap for an autism classroom in NJ is 6 students for pk-5 and 9 students for 6-12. The law is that they must maintain a 3:1 student to adult ratio.

    I know that the mild/moderate LLD classes can have up to 16.
     
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    There is no cap that I know of in my state. I have one assistant, teach a K-5 self contained class for moderate to severe disabilities, and this is the first year that I have had less than 25 students. Last year we had 33 children. This year they finally hired a new person and we have 15 children. We have been in seventh heaven all year!
     

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