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Class Size Reduction & Charter Schools
The steps for calculating class size are summarized as follows:
- Count the number of students in each class within each room/period.
- For students reported multiple times in a single room/period combination, count each student only once. Students are occasionally assigned to more than one course for a class, e.g., ESE students enrolled in both an ESE course and mainstream course for a given class period.
- Determine the main course taught in each room/period based on the course with the majority of students.
- Determine the main grade taught in each room/period based on the grade with the majority of students in the main course.
- Determine whether or not the main course is a “core” course.
- Determine the numerator by compiling the total unduplicated count of students based on the main grade of each class for which the main course is “core,” allowing for adjustments based on scheduling method. Then, add up these student counts for all classes.
- Determine the denominator by counting all classes in which the main course is “core.”
- Calculate the class size for each grade group range of the school (K-3, 4-8, 9-12) by dividing the numerator (student count) by the denominator (class count).
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Guidance regarding Title IX/Transgender Students
On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Civil Rights, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice – Civil Rights Division issued a guidance letter to schools regarding transgender students.
The letter addresses several topics, including offering single-sex activities/facilities; providing a safe and non-discriminatory environment; identification documents/names/pronouns; and how to handle privacy issues re: FERPA.
According to the letter:
“As a condition of receiving Federal Funds, a school agrees that in providing its educational programs and activities, it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat any person differently on the basis of sex, including gender identity. When a student or the student’s parent/guardian notifies the school that the student has a gender identity different than prior records, the school must treat the student consistent with the student’s gender identity. Under Title IX, there is no medical diagnosis, treatment, or documentation required regarding gender identity. Transgender students are often unable to obtain anything to document gender identity. To require documentation could deny these students equal access to their education or an educational program/activity.”
Links to the letter and U.S. Dept. of Education Sample Policies and Practices to Support Transgender Students (also issued on May 13, 2016) are below.
Guidance letter to schools regarding transgender students – click here
U.S. Dept. of Education Sample Policies and Practices to Support Transgender Students – click here