Class sizes at New York City public schools have increased for the sixth consecutive year, according to a preliminary report from the city’s Department of Education.
The average citywide class size increased 0.6 percent from last year, from 26.4 students to 26.5 students, according to the report.
“Class sizes across the city are unlikely to decrease significantly unless the next Mayor and Chancellor devote more resources towards hiring more teachers, and invest in a more ambitious school construction plan,” said Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters, in a statement.
Elementary school classes increased by .4 students, from 24.8 to 25.2 average students per class. Middle school classes decreased by .3 students, from 27.2 to 27 average students per class, and high school classes increased by .4 students from 26.2 to 26.6 average students per class.