Anyone else sick and tired of the barrage of bad news? Because I am. And I’m ready for a change. So, here’s something positive regarding Connecticut and its schools.
So, I want you to think back to your old classroom and how many kids you shared a teacher with. Now, if you have kids, think about how small or large their classroom size is.
Turns out, Connecticut’s student-to-teacher ratio is one of the best in the nation! There’s about one teacher per every 13 students.
You can thank our abundant districts for that little number, though.
CT Mirror reports the latest finding came from the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. It’s all in their new report: Condition of Education 2017.
Now, I can’t think of anything wrong with having smaller class sizes since I greatly benefited from small class sizes. Of course, I had to be the kid with attention issues, so it helped by having teachers that weren’t completely distracted.
If they saw me doodling or daydreaming, they quickly brought me back to reality so I could finish my work.
In addition, they were also able to divvy up their attention between everyone in the class equally. In the end, my classmates were better off because of it.
So, with Connecticut scoring relatively low in a relative teacher shortage, it also brings up another point.
Perhaps this statistic is due to the state’s exodus problem. Because the Department of Education also found that CT will seethe largest drop in public school enrollment nationwide. A trend that’ll wreck havoc on our schools for the next decade.
However, one interesting part of the latest survey jumped out at me. Connecticut has one of the lowest ratio of teachers per school staff size. About 45 percent or less of school employees are teachers.
Which also circles back to our large amount of districts. Due to that, the amount of administrators and aides sharply grows. But, then again, each district is seemingly tailor-made to best suit the neighborhood.
So, although there’s a glut of administrators, there’s still plenty of teachers to go around. Which isn’t a bad thing.
Morgaen Donaldson, director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis at the University of Connecticut, says:
“Connecticut invests in education. It’s invested in paying for teachers but also invested in paying for these non-teaching personnel to really try to deliver a great education for all children… You can’t have a good education on the cheap,”
Because the state invests so heavily in education, a lot of other great statistics come from it. For example: Connecticut also has one of the lowest amounts of homeless students in the nation. Less than 1 percent of our students claim to be homeless.
On top of that, the state’s graduation rates are something to be envious of, too. With a small amount of homeless and hungry students and a greater presence of teachers, more kids graduate in CT.
It’s a statistic that also penetrates the most vulnerable population: the poor and minorities. Connecticut has ways to go before leading the pack, coming in at 14th in graduation gaps is nothing to sneer about.
And, the statistics continue to rise, too. So, CT could very well come in the top 10 next year should the state continue to invest in its schools.
Then again, that’s if the state doesn’t force municipalities to pay a third of teacher pension costs. Then you’ll see schools laying off staff left and right to help plug that particular hole in their budgets.
So, take what you will.
Good news for Connecticut. Let’s just hope our state doesn’t manage to undo all the good it did for its students.