More Students in the Peel Area Benefiting From Smaller Class Sizes
Almost 90% Of Primary Classes Now Have 20 Or Fewer Students
Peel, ON 09 Jan 08 - Students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 are receiving more individual attention from their teachers, MPP Dr. Kuldip S. Kular announced today. Almost 90 per cent of primary classes have 20 or fewer students and nearly all classes have 23 or fewer.
"Our education investments are working, and thanks to them, we're seeing positive results for our students in classrooms across the province," said Dr. Kular, MPP.
This year, 530,000 primary students are in classes of 20 or fewer, compared to only 166,000 students four years ago. At the same time, average class sizes for grades 4 to 8 have decreased.
The McGuinty government has increased annual funding to $406 million to support over 5,100 teachers who have been added across the province to significantly reduce the size of Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes.
Data released today show results have been significant at the local school boards. The percentage of primary classes with 23 or fewer students has increased at the:
- Peel District School Board from 45 to 100 per cent
- Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board from 65 to 100 per cent.
- Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud from 61 to 100per cent
- Conseil Scolaire de District du Centre Sud-Ouest from 63 to 100 per cent
The percentage of primary classes with 20 or fewer students has increased at the:
- Peel District School Board from 11 to 91 per cent
- Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board from 24 to 90 per cent.
- Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud from 29 to 92 per cent
- Conseil Scolaire de District du Centre Sud-Ouest from 39 to 94 per cent
Locally, an additional 715 primary teachers over the past four years are reducing primary grades.
"I want to thank parents, teachers, students, principals and other educators who have partnered with us to make this positive impact in our local elementary schools," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.
Primary class sizes are down across the province:
- 88.4 per cent now have 20 or fewer students this year compared to 31 per cent in 2003-2004
- 99.7 per cent now have 23 or fewer students this year compared to 64 per cent in 2003-2004
"Students in smaller classes receive more attention and have greater success in the early grades," said Michael Fullan, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and special advisor to Premier Dalton McGuinty. "Smaller class size combined with improved teaching of literacy and math makes it much more likely that students will excel in high school, graduate and reach their full potential."
Parents can track primary class sizes at their local school using the Ministry of Education's updated Class Size Tracker online at www.edu.gov.on.ca.
Other significant results from the McGuinty government's $3.7 billion additional investment in publicly funded education include:
- More high school students are graduating — from 2003-04 to 2005-06, the graduation rate rose five percentage points to 73 per cent, resulting in 12,000 more graduates
- More support for music, physical education and the arts with the addition of 1,925 specialist elementary teachers
- The majority of Grade 3 and 6 test results have improved overall by at least 10 percentage points over the past four years
- Peace and stability from four-year labour contracts with teachers.