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NCTE Position Statement

Resolution on Class Size and Student Load

1995 NCTE Annual Business Meeting in San Diego, California

Background

In all of the clamor for school improvement, little attention is paid to class size and teacher student ratio as factors affecting the learning of all students. English and language arts teachers' class size and student load have been continuing concerns of NCTE through much of its history. Be it therefore

Resolution

Resolved, that the National Council of Teachers of English appoint a task force to revisit the issue of class size and student load: (1) revise and reactivate the 1991 NCTE pamphlet "Lost in the Crowd" and its accompanying Secondary Class Size Packet; (2) develop and publish packets on class size and student load for elementary and college levels; (3) present research to state boards of education, departments of education, and legislators; (4) provide implementation guidelines to affiliates; and

     that NCTE recognize and support affiliates' efforts to influence the reduction of class size and student load.

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