Texas Public Prekindergarten Class Size and Student-to-Teacher Ratio Study

In 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, passed House Bill (HB) 4 focused on high-quality prekindergarten programming. A key aspect of the bill was authorizing and funding the HB 4 High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant program, which the Texas Education Agency (TEA) awarded in July 2016 for the 2016–17 school year. HB 4 also specified expansion of early education reporting requirements for all Texas public schools offering a prekindergarten program beginning in the 2016–17 school year. Finally, HB 4 specified that a study be conducted to understand the relationship between quality and class size and student-to-teacher ratios in prekindergarten.

Recommendations from the study:

Class size guidelines should be set to a maximum not to exceed 22 students per prekindergarten classroom. Given the class size recommendation, a student-to-teacher ratio not to exceed 11:1 is recommended for all public prekindergarten classes with between 16 and 22 students. In cases where class size is 15 or fewer students, a student-to-teacher ratio should not exceed 15:1. However, following these guidelines alone will not ensure conditions for high-quality prekindergarten classrooms.
The full report and executive summary are available from the links below:

Texas Public Prekindergarten Class Size and Student-to-Teacher Ratio Study (ICF International, September 2016)

Executive Summary (12 pages)

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Preschool Workshop Opportunity!

Circle Time Upgrade- Make it and Take it! (FA1326821) October 2, 9am-4pm

Who:  PPCD, PreK, Headstart and all other early childhood educators

Get your teachers registered, for this full day workshop including a half day of make and take! Materials will be provided so that the teachers will leave with items ready to use the next day! This workshop is based on up to date research and evidence-based practice.

Spanish and English materials will be available for the make and take portion!

Overview:
Learn the advantages of teaching with visuals in the preschool classroom and exploring evidence-based, best-practice techniques during circle time. Learn to use developmentally appropriate activities that encourage participation by accommodating individuals as well as group learning styles and special needs while supporting emergent literacy and pre-math concepts. In this hands-on workshop participants will create materials and visuals that are ready to bring back and begin using in the classroom!