The New Mexico Public Education Department, supporting a recent statement that smaller class sizes are not a priority, points to research that the high cost of mandated class size reductions doesn’t outweigh limited gains in student achievement.
PED Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera said Friday that her agency is not budgeting money for schools to return to statutory limits on class sizes, which were waived during the recession to allow school districts more flexibility.
Skandera said she does not oppose smaller classes. But faced with finite resources, PED is focusing its spending on programs it believes will have a greater payoff, such as making teachers more effective through professional development programs, she said.
“Research does show, in fact, that class size is not the change agent to improve student achievement,” Skandera told the Journal on Friday.