Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by Mrs. Mom, Oct 12, 2007.
Oct 12, 2007
How do I find out the state mandated student to teacher ratios in the state of Missouri?
I don't know if the state creates mandated teacher-to-student ratios. Here in WA, it is something that is written into our contract with the district, and can vary by district. And sometimes even that isn't followed...for example, this year I have 24 first graders and my contract puts the cap at 21.
However, if there were to be state-wide mandates, I would think it would be somewhere on the state's Department of Education website.
There are laws for daycares, but I don't know of any laws for actual teacher/student ratios in schools. Many districts have "caps," and some states "suggest" maximum, but I don't know of anything that is state mandated.
Ok, how can I find out what Missouri "suggests" as a maximum? Any idea?
One thing I've learned through my experience is that districts have a "cap" but that doesn't mean you won't go over. I'm not sure if it is like that in other districts, but I had up to 29 first graders my first few years. And when I originally applied to the district, they boasted that they had low student/teacher ratios. I don't know if there is an actual law, but it might help to look at individual school websites.
You'd have to check with the individual school district on their caps (or whatever they choose to call it)
Oct 13, 2007
There is a 4th teacher at my school that has 30 in her class, so I don't think it is less than 30! She teaches every subject, they are with her all day.
I'm in WA and was looking at the OSPI website and saw that our state does have a cap on numbers. I can't remember what it is I just remember that my district has the same numbers.
That is interesting! Our union is making a big deal about numbers because next year is a bargaining year and last time they had to fight really hard to get low caps into the contract....maybe it was just because they wanted numbers lower than what OSPI sets as caps. :unsure:
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